Do you want to make your roof an inviting place for Santa this year? After all, if you’re offering milk and cookies inside, you should think about making a good first impression with your roof, too! Here are several things to consider when welcoming Santa Claus!
Clean Up Moss
Moss on your roof looks ugly and it’s easy for Santa to slip on with those big boots – and trust us, the last thing you want is Santa Claus slipping and falling off of your roof! If you do clean up moss, make sure you check underneath to see if there’s any damage to your shingles. Moss that has been there for a long time can encourage rot and moisture damage. Remember, getting rid of overhanging branches and nearby trees can help control moss and let Santa land a little easier.
Get Rid of Algae
Algae is that dark stain that may be spreading across your roof – especially if you have traditional asphalt shingles in a somewhat rainy climate. Algae makes Santa Claus sad because no home should have an unsightly roof. The right cleaners can help wash algae away, but it can be a continuing problem for some rooftops. If you are particularly tired of algae stains, they make shingles and copper flashing that can help kill algae and prevent it from appearing again.
Clean Out Gutters
Overflowing gutters can cause water or snow to back up under your roof and start causing moisture damage. Santa may not be willing to land on a roof that looks like it’s suffering from hidden moisture damage – and you should be on the watch for it too! The best way to prevent problems like this is to keep your gutters and siding clean (this will also help to prevent pest activity around your roof). Do this before the worst of winter storms for the best results.
Get Rid of Leaves
Leaves piling up on your roof make Santa’s reindeer nervous (plus, they don’t taste good). Piled-up leaves and pine needles can cause many of the same problems as moss and can encourage mold or lingering water that will cause damage. Fortunately, leaves are a lot easier to remove than moss, and there’s less chance of accidentally damaging your roof.
Replace Missing Shingles
Santa doesn’t want his reindeer tripping and stumbling into your roof underlayment because of a missing shingle. Those missing shingles also provide perfect entry points for rain, which can soak the underlayment and cause widespread rot far beyond the missing shingle. Take care of these repairs as quickly as you can.
Does your roof need some work for Santa – and maybe for spring, too? Start planning for exterior cleaning services for 2018!