If you own a home, you are well aware if the fact that having a dirty roof can lower your property value, decrease curb appeal and serve as an eye sore that will have your neighbors talking.
Luckily, there are a considerable amount of steps that you can take to keep your asphalt shingles clean or get them clean after ignoring the problem for so long. At Fiddler Roof Cleaning, we specialize in cleaning asphalt roofs. This is why we have put together some proven tips that will help you out regardless of whether you decide to hire a professional roof cleaning company like us or you opt to tackle the problem on your own.
Don’t Be Afraid of Chemicals
Let’s face it; there is simply no shortage of products on the market that can be used for roof cleaning. From things such as basic bleach to OxiClean™ and long line of popular cleaners, the amount of options that are at your disposal is incredible. The most important thing is to choose a product that gives you the best balance of strength and gentle cleaning. The last thing you want to do is use a product that will clean your roof on the surface but cause deep damage in the process. At Fiddler Roof Cleaning, we use Eco Roof™, a state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly cleaner that will get your roof clean without any of the harmful effects of harsh chemicals. With Eco Roof™,, you won’t have to worry about residual damage to your paint or lawn area either. So remember, while using chemicals to combat the problem can certainly help, it is important to do some research to choose one that best fits your needs, budget and expectations.
Choose the Right Time
If you’re going to be cleaning your asphalt shingles, remember that timing is everything. Just think about it for a second. In order for you to effectively clean your roof, you have to give the chemicals time to really settle in and work. However, if you happen to clean your roof on an incredibly sunny day, the chemicals that you place on your roof will evaporate too quickly to really make an impact. This is why you should pay close attention to the weekly forecast and choose a cloudy day to tackle the major do-it-yourself project. The last thing you want to do is exert a lot of effort for minimal results do to poor strategic planning.
If you decide to leave the hard work to professionals by hiring a company like Fiddler Roof Cleaning, you can also save yourself some money by waiting for the right time. Every industry has a peak season and a slow season. In the roof cleaning business, most people tend to clean their roofs in the summer. Since professional roofers are in high demand at this time, prices are normally higher.
This is why you should get your roof cleaning and repairs done now. Don’t wait until the heart of the summer comes when all of your neighbors are trying to hire the one company that you really want.
Take Preventative Steps
It is often said that prevention is better than cure. This will always hold true. So why not take steps to keep your shingles clean to begin with. As the roofing industry has progressed, there have been many new inventions to help keep your roof cleaner and healthier longer. In fact, some manufacturers have begun adding pieces of copper into the shingles to help them gain resistance to algae growth. If you’re just building a home or replacing your shingles, be sure to ask about algae resistant ones. This is a sure way to help keep your roof clean and healthy looking.
If you follow these proven and tested steps, it will only be a matter of time before your asphalt shingles are just another part of your beautiful home. Thank you for taking the time to check out this week’s edition of Fiddler Roof Cleaning.
Posted: March 28, 2016