When your roof is hidden under a few inches of snow for most of the winter, it’s easy to forget about the moss, sticky pine needles, algae and lichen colonies gathering on the surface of your shingles. But now that spring has melted that disguise, it’s time to get real about taking care of your roof with routine maintenance. Late spring/early summer is the best time for this chore. Our blog should convince you as to why.
Beat the Heat
First, choosing to clean your roof during the spring or first few weeks of summer helps you avoid the heat that makes it so difficult to get those outdoor tasks done. If you’re hosting a summer birthday party or a July 4th celebration, you don’t want to deal with potential heat stroke from waiting until it’s only a few days before the event to clean up the exterior of your home. Professional exterior cleaners have more flexible schedules during the cooler seasons as well because they can spend more of the late morning and afternoon hours on the roof.
Cool Your Home
A dirty roof often absorbs and transfers more heat than a clean one, especially if you invested in light colored or reflective shingles or coatings. Where does that heat transfer to? It goes into your home through the attic, resulting in higher air conditioning bills throughout the summer. This doesn’t help you in the winter either to offset that loss, so there’s no reason to leave your roof dirty as the cooling season arrives.
Save the Roof
Taking a proactive approach to maintenance with simple steps like an annual cleaning can greatly extend the life of your roof. If you’re dreading the expense of a new layer of shingles or a far more extensive re-roofing project, spend a little money now to save a lot more in the long run. It’s best to start cleaning a roof annually as soon as you have it built. However, even older roofs can benefit from cleaning handled by skilled professionals. Don’t try to clean your roof yourself if it’s showing any sign of aging or damaging, such as losing granules from asphalt shingles. The wrong methods could damage the roofing even more.
Improve Curb Appeal
Finally, cleaning your roof is essential for attracting a buyer when you’re selling your home. Of course, the extra curb appeal is great even when you’re just trying to impress the neighbors or win a spot on the community garden tour.
Let Indiana Roof & Exterior Cleaning handle the hard work of removing the most stubborn messes from your roof without damaging it at all. Protect your roof for another summer season of intense sun and high winds by taking the time now to give it a proper spring cleaning. Contact us today to get started!