New Year, New Roof

With the new year rolling around, many people are making new year’s resolutions and finding ways to improve their lives. The new year is also a good time to improve your roof. Here are some tips to ensure you have the optimal roof for the new year.

Get an inspection

A professional roof inspection is key to keeping your roof in good condition. Roofs are extremely vulnerable and hold a great deal of responsibility, and routine maintenance is a great way to guarantee that your roof is in good condition. Inspections can help you avoid any potential problems that may occur from less quality work in the future before it is too late. These inspections should be done by a professional at Beacon Roof Cleaning because some damage that has occurred may not be easy to see and a professional roof inspector will be able to spot any issues that are often hidden to the naked eye.

When the professional roof inspector comes to examine your roof, he will bring with him a detailed checklist of things to look for. This list includes looking at the roof material, exterior roof structure, the condition of the roof’s interior, and the ceiling under the attic. When checking the exterior roof structure, the inspector will check for sagging, staining, damage or rot to the flashing, soffit, or fascia, and gutter clog. Underneath the roof, the inspector will look for cracks, staining or dampness, and any roof or window leaks from inside the attic. When checking the roofing material, the inspector will look at the general condition, and look for any normal wear and tear. They will also look for damaged, curling, loose, or missing shingles or fasteners and granule loss from asphalt shingles that is out of the norm.

Consider solar panels

Solar panels are solar devices that convert sunlight into electricity for your home. The panels are made from crystalline silicon and are laid out in a grid-like pattern. By using the sun to create electricity, you can save both energy and money on your electricity bill. Solar power provides energy security because the energy that comes from the sun cannot be purchased and is always available. They can also increase the value of your home. In fact, a study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory concluded that homes with solar panels sell 20% faster and for 17% more money and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that the sales price of the average home increased $17,000 with solar panels.

Hire a professional roof cleaning

The most common reasoning for not investing in a professional roof cleaning is the cost. Some homeowners may look at roof cleaning and wonder if it is worth the money. The reality is, paying to have your roof cleaned is much cheaper than a full roof replacement, which could be the result of roof neglect. Considering what you may have to spend to either repair your roof or completely replace your roof, a regular roof cleaning is unquestionably the cheaper option.

There are two different types of roof cleaning that can help to protect your roof; pressure washing and chemical cleaning. Pressure washing uses highly pressurized water to spray off mold, algae, dirt, and grime. While this type of cleaning is very effective for metal or concrete roofs, it has the potential to cause damage to shingles. Chemical cleaning, sometimes called soft washing, is the process of using chemicals to remove harmful growths on the roof. While this too can be an effective method, some chemicals can hurt your roof and the runoff could potentially damage your landscape or parts of your home. Hiring a professional to clean your roof will ensure the right method and right materials are being used to clean your roof without damaging your home.

No matter where you live, your roof has the potential to accumulate moss, algae, and lichen. These growths are caused by several factors including moisture, filler in asphalt shingles, soil, tree sap, leaf fibers, and airborne spores. They should be cleaned off as the growths can lower the curb appeal of your home and lessen the lifespan of the roof. If a roof with moss, algae, or lichen is not professionally cleaned, the black streaks and stains could cause the shingles to lose their ability to reflect the sun’s energy and provide insulation.

A roof cleaning is by far the most important roof maintenance task that has the ability to extend the life of your roof and keep you from expensive repairs or replacement. If you are looking to have your roof cleaned, make sure to hire the professionals at Beacon Roof Cleaning to ensure a thorough and successful cleaning.

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