When it comes to cleaning your roof, you’ve probably heard a number of different recommendations, prices, and promises from friends, family, or even blog posts like this one. So how do you know what to trust? Today we’re looking at a few of the most popular professional roof cleaning myths that are costing you money.
Myth 1: Dark spots on your roof are just ugly, not dangerous.
Dark patches and streaks on your roof are unsightly, but the damage isn’t just cosmetic. Those streaks are due to algae growth, which can cause:
- Shingle deterioration
- Moisture damage (and eventually mold)
- Heat retention
Algae holds heat and moisture around your roof and can even cause your shingles to disintegrate. On top of causing higher utility bills, leaving dark spots unattended shortens the life of your roof. Left unchecked, simple algae growth could demand thousands of dollars’ worth of repairs, or even a new roof, which could cost at least $7,000, and that’s on the low end.
Myth 2: Spot-cleaning works.
Early signs of algae and debris buildup aren’t very easy to see. By the time you notice dark streaks, algae growth is in full swing and could already be causing warped shingles and moisture damage. If you’re only spot cleaning the darkest, dirtiest areas of your roof, you’re leaving other areas susceptible to damage and could soon be faced with:
- Missing shingles
- Mold and algae growth
Rather than spot-cleaning certain areas of your roof at different times, have the entire roof cleaned for long-lasting results and peace of mind.
Myth 3: DIY is the way to go.
Here’s the thing about DIY roof cleaning: It can cost you more time, work, and money than having your roof professionally cleaned. DIY “solutions” are also far more likely to cause damage to your roof than a professional cleaner. Harsh chemicals can damage the protective coatings on your shingles (and the environment), and pressure washing will certainly remove algae, but it could also break your shingles in the process. A professional cleaning service will have the tools, experience, and solutions to safely clean your roof without causing damage.
Elite Clean uses a specialized low-pressures system and environmentally conscious processes to gently eliminate algae and debris from your roof.
BONUS MYTH: You should pay to have you roof cleaned annually.
Some cleaners will advise you to have your roof cleaned every year, but Elite Clean’s process will keep your roof clean for three. If you notice any algae growth prior to your three year roof cleaning anniversary, we’ll come back and clean it again for free.
For fast, local, and expert service, contact Elite Clean today. Our professionals know how to be tough on algae growth and gentle on your roof, home, and yard. Say goodbye to roof cleaning myths and hello to a cleaner home!