We’ve all heard of “love at first sight” and studies show that people make lasting impressions in the first few seconds of contact, these powerful impressions are generally made by sight.
These principles can be applied to the exterior of your home or business. For example, if the first thing you notice about a restaurant is a dirty exterior, would you want to eat there? Would friends, family or a prospective buyer find your home appealing if the outside looked dingy?
One way you can instill a positive first impression is by the simple step of cleaning your roof.
Roof cleaning not only adds to immediate visual appeal and personal impression of you and your property, it can also increase your property value plus save you money on your electric bill.
This preventive maintenance has been compared to regular maintenance on your car. With regular roof cleaning you can extend the life of your roof for many years and save thousands of dollars on roof replacement cost. In fact, professionals in the field state that with quality roof maintenance, your roof can last two to three times longer than a non-maintained roof.
Industry statistics also show that 50% of roof replacements were not technically needed for functionality; the roofs were replaced simply because they looked old or unsightly. Cleaning could save needless early replacement costs.
Removing Dirt, Moss, Algae and Lichen
Besides the obvious cosmetic reason of removing dirt, a good cleaning can remove harmful moss, algae and lichen, an accompanying fungus.
Mosses and fungi break down roofing material and use it for food, literally eating away your roof. They also cause water retention by absorbing water and speeding up possible roof decay. That water build-up can also lift shingles, allowing water come into your home with the possibility of costly damage.
If your roof is asphalt shingle, you may see black streaks. These are produced by a type of algae called Gloeocapsa Magma that feeds on the crushed limestone used in asphalt shingles. Rain spreads the algae down the roof causing the streaks. This algae causes rapid deterioration of roofs.
Algae and Your Electric Bill
Black Algae causes more heat to be absorbed from the sun, increasing your energy costs when you are trying to cool your home.
There are high-tech efficient systems and equipment used by professional roof cleaners that prevent damage to roofs while performing more thorough cleaning. This makes the cleaning last longer than some do-it-yourself cleanings with simple pressure washers.
The equipment also works more efficiently in gutters.
Cleaning a roof involves a slippery surface that can be extremely dangerous and should only be done by a qualified, licensed and insured professional that specializes in this type of work. Top roofing manufacturers, as well as the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, recommend hiring a maintenance professional to do the cleaning.
Credentials should be checked. Are they qualified, licensed and insured?
Jumpp To It is a property management and property maintenance company that provides professional roof cleaning. The company is licensed, bonded and insured with a great reputation serving Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and Ft Myers since 2001.
Call us today and we will care for your home and roof cleaning needs right away! We are available whenever and wherever you need us.