Now that the winter storms are over, spring is the perfect time to clean your roof. Having a clean and maintained roof is important to prevent major roof repairs, as well as enhance the look of your home. Here are a few tips for keeping your roof looking great throughout the year.
How to Clean Your Roof
1. Remove Debris & Plants
Winter storms can deposit leaves, branches, pine needles, and broken shingles over the surface of the roof. Clear away all plant matter, such as moss, algae, and lichen, and assess any areas that might require roof repairs. Use a solution of bleach and water to clean the affected areas. Letting plants accumulate looks shabby and can cause mold and mildew damage.
2. Clean & Replace Gutters
Remove all debris from the gutters and check for broken or cracked areas. Replacing gutters will improve the look of your home and be more effective for draining water away from the house, minimizing attic or basement leakage. Consider aluminum or copper for the gutters for a long-lasting and weather-resistant option.
3. Replace Shingles
If you have a shingled or tile roof, remove broken or detached pieces and replace them with new. A loss of a section of shingles may require you to hire a professional. If roof repairs are extensive, it could make financial sense to upgrade to weather-resistant materials, such as tile or rubber.
4. Inspect Chimneys & Roof Fixtures
Call a professional to inspect the areas around chimney, skylights, antenna, and any other items on the roof. These areas are typical problem areas because they require irregularly shaped shingles. However, make sure the antenna or satellite dish is reaffixed securely afterward.
Keeping the roof clean and maintained extends its life span and enhances the look of your home. As a family-owned and -operated company in Lorain, OH, Dan Williams Roofing offers professional commercial and residential roofing services. They perform siding, gutter, chimney, and roof repairs and installations to clients throughout the Greater Cleveland area. Visit them online to learn more about their services, or call (440) 282-6006 to schedule an estimate.