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Roof Cleaning to Prevent Algae Growth

Nicer and warmer weather always bring people outside to enjoy it.  If you’ve left your home to wander outside, you may have noticed that your roof has taken a beating this winter and looks a little worse for wear.  Discoloration, streaky patterns, or even mold may have made an appearance up on top of your house, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.  Safely clean your rooftop with these roof cleaning tips.

The Many Parts of a Successful Roof Cleaning

You want to keep your roof looking clean, new, and… likely, mold-free for as long as you can.  Luckily, there are a number of fairly simple ways to achieve this without putting your safety at risk and even without calling a professional.

Often times, what appears to be mold growth on your shingles are actually “algae colonies,” which may sound better or more revolting to you, depending.  Either way, they get there by “[feeding] on moisture and the limestone filler agents in the shingles,” which then begs the question “how do I remove the moisture and limestone?”  You can purchase and apply algicide after carefully climbing onto the roof (and employing safety techniques to ensure that there are no accidents in the process).  As soon as you notice anything growing on your shingles, employ a roof cleaning so that whatever is living there doesn’t wear down and lower the lifespan of the surface.

Make sure that you do thorough research into the chemicals you purchase for this roof cleaning and also into the device or applicator that you choose.  The wrong chemicals and/or the wrong applicator can both, separately or together, do major damage to the surface of your roof.  If you choose something like a power washer, its relative strength can easily wear through your shingles.  The same can be said of a particularly corrosive cleaner or spray.  Additionally, not all cleaner products have the ability to remove all of what is growing on your roof, so keep all this mind before buying anything or making a trip up onto the roof.

Of course, something else to consider is the conditions of the day that you’ll go up for the roof cleaning.  Make sure there isn’t strong wind, and obviously no other extreme weather, so that you’ll both be safe up there and so that whatever application you’ve chosen doesn’t get carried out to others’ yards or down into your greenery, which would likely be damaged.  Avoid this damage to your plants, your roof, or your person by contacting a professional who can do the job for you.  Get in touch with Cox Roofing today if you want to see if our business family is right for you.

Cox Roofing:

Cox Roofing is a full-service, certified roofing contractor providing residential and commercial roofing services to the state of Maryland, with a particular focus on Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County and Howard County. We pride ourselves on our personalized service which transforms your property into the residence or business of your dreams. Get in touch for your free estimate today.

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