5 Signs Your Roof Needs to be Cleaned

It’s understandable that the state of your roof isn’t top of mind on any given day. But it’s important to get on a regular roof cleaning schedule to ensure optimal roof health as well as aesthetics. Here are the top five signs your roof needs a good cleaning.

1.    Black Streaks

This is the most common sign that your roof is dirty. These vertical streaks aren’t just your standard dirt and grime; they’re actually a sign of algae. Algae feeds off moisture that many asphalt shingles tend to accumulate. This isn’t just as aesthetics issue. That algae is actually eating away at your shingles, which degrades the shingles as well as any wood that is present. It’s important to have your roof cleaned when you start seeing these streaks, before that algae continues to feed on your shingles and lead to a more expensive problem.

2.    Leaves

If you don’t clear leaves off your roof, especially near pitches, valleys and dormers where they tend to accumulate, leaves can cause a build-up of organic material that can damage your roof. Debris such as leaves, twigs, and dirt can all clog up your gutters and block water flow. This results in leaks, mold, rot, and water damage to your shingles and your foundation.

3.    Dirt

As the first line of defense for your house, it’s understandable that your roof will act as a catch-all for dirt, grime, and animal droppings. This can significantly detract from the curb appeal of your property, but it’s nothing a good roof washing can’t fix.

4.    Moss 

Moss can show up fairly quickly on your roof, especially in humid or wet climates. You’ll see more moss accumulation especially in areas that get a lot of shade from overhanging tree branches. Moss gets deeply rooted in your shingles, as well. Which increases the risk of leaks and wear and tear.

Just like algae, moss soaks up water on your roof’s surface, weakening the shingles and even dislodging them.

5.    Constant Shade

You will have to commit to a more regular roof cleaning schedule if your home gets a lot of shade from large trees throughout the day, such as when covered by trees. While shade does a lot of good for your energy bills, it isn’t so good for your roof because it can trap moisture and prevent evaporation from occurring. This leads to water buildup and mold growth.

Why Keep Your Roof Clean?

It’s important to get on a regular roof cleaning schedule to preserve the integrity of your roof. After all, it’s your home’s biggest protector.

There are many good reasons why you need to clean your roof and keep it clean. Regular roof cleaning will:

  • Enhance your home’s curb appeal.
  • Extend the life of your roof.
  • Protect your home from the elements.
  • Enhance your family’s health, as pollen, pollutants and animal droppings can carry harmful bacteria.
  • Save you money on roof repairs and premature replacement.
  • Save on your energy costs.
  • Help you sell your home faster – buyers love a clean roof! 

Contact Southern Flow Cleaning Solutions

Now that you know why you need to keep up with regular roof maintenance, it’s time to call us for a free quote at (512) 442-2900. We specialize in roof cleaning, as well as a variety of other exterior cleaning services.