Roof maintenance is the best way to care for your roof as a homeowner. There are though a number of roof maintenance myths that could actually cause costly damages to your roof and shorten its lifespan. We are going to debunk the more common myths to insure your roof gets the best possible care.
Pressure washing is actually more harmful than helpful to your roof. Many believe that by power washing their roof they are cleaning and removing any mold or algae that may have formed. Pressure washing a roof actually can result in water getting trapped under your shingles creating in mold and mildew formation. The power of the washer can also strip away the granules on asphalt shingles that is meant to protect it from weather elements such as sun, rain and wind. Pressure washing might appear great at first but it will quickly shorten the lifespan of your home’s roof.
Lifetime Warranty of a Tile Roof
While the actual tiles on your roof may have a lifetime warranty, the roof itself does not. The construction elements of your roof will not last a lifetime, specifically the underneath the tile is laid on top of. After years of climate conditions, the underneath of your roof will get worn away and brittle and need to be replaced. You can save the tiles as long as they continue to look in good shape and none have broken due to a storm or other causes.
Dissolving Asphalt Shingles
If your roof appears to have black streaks running down it, it is not due to your asphalt shingles dissolving. It is actually the first sign of algae growing on your roof and it is best to call to get it inspected and removed if needed.
Moss and Algae are Signs You Need a New Roof
Signs of moss and algae on your roof do not automatically mean you need a new roof. Most of the times, roofs can easily be professionally cleaned to remove the moss or algae and restored to their beautiful selves again. Contact a roofing expert, like EMA Home Services, to inspect the roof and get you in touch with a professional roof cleaning company.
Roof Moss is Only Cosmetic
As mentioned previously, roof moss can easily be cleaned by a professional. Some homeowners are under the impression that roof moss is only a visible problem and can cause no real harm to their roof’s lifespan. This is a myth. Roof moss not only is visually unattractive but it can wear away or block the shingle granules that protect your roof from UV rays. If your roof is unprotected from UV rays, it will eventually shorten the lifespan of your roof and cause your attic to heat up thus causing you more money on your AC bills.
Roof Maintenance Programs Are a Waste of Money
If you have recently had to re-roof your house, you know it is a large investment. You want your roof to last as long as possible, and to do so it needs to be properly maintained. Whether using a professional or doing it yourself roof maintenance is important not just for the lifespan of your roof, but also to ensure manufacturer warranties and insurance claims down the road if need be.
EMA Construction’s qualified roofers are here to advise homeowners on roof maintenance to ensure the best possible roof and longevity. If you have any questions relating to roof maintenance please contact us.