Signs it Is Time to Clean Your Roofing

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When was the last time you took a good look at the cleanliness of your Redmond roofing? Many homeowners probably can’t remember the last time they actually examined the roof for things like dirt, debris, moss, and algae, but it’s important that you take some time to check on the cleanliness of your roof. The longer you leave dirt and other contaminants up there, the more likely they will cause irreparable or expensive damage. The roof is exposed to all kinds of weather, including wind, rain, sun, and even snow, but it would be impossible to keep it spotless at all times. So how do you know when you need to schedule a roof cleaning in Redmond?

Visible Damage or Stains

The most obvious way to determine you need to clean the roof is when you can see visible stains. On most asphalt roofing in Redmond, these stains will appear as dark streaks or areas where the shingles look like they are a different color. It might even be streaks that go beyond the roof shingles and extend to gutters or home siding.

Standing Debris

One of the most damaging things for your Redmond roofing is water, and when debris is left on the roof for an extended period of time, it often harbors moisture underneath that is unable to dry out naturally. You would probably notice a piece of large debris, but the potentially more insidious and more damaging are the smaller pieces that remain on the roof for too long.

Moss or Algae Growth

The greater Seattle area ranks sixth among major cities in the U.S. for total days of rain with 149 on average, and gets about 38 inches of rain every year. That creates prime conditions for mold, mildew, and algae to grow on your roof. Algae often feed on the granules that protect your asphalt shingles, and mold and mildew can quickly grow and spread between shingles if left untreated. Schedule regular inspections and cleanings to prevent these things from becoming a problem for your home. A clean roof can boost your home’s value and improve the curb appeal, and can potentially prolong the life of your roofing in Redmond. Talk to a roofer today to find out how your home will benefit from roof cleanings.