Owning a home sure comes with a lot of benefits, but with these benefits also come responsibilities. Cleaning your roof and getting the trash out of your gutters is one of them. This is a task many do not pay attention to, as the roof is well out of sight, and most almost always out of mind.
This neglect although many times unintentional has made many homeowners incur seemingly outrageous maintenance cost. So if you haven’t been paying attention to your roofs and gutter, you should really start thinking about turning a new leaf.
Roofs are easily infested by Gloeocapsa Magma Algae colony and the obvious sign of infestation is the presence of black streaks on your roof. The algae rapidly colonize your roof and feed on moisture and calcium carbonate present in asphalt shingles, breaking down the shingles over time. Failure to arrest this process decreases the ability of the roof to reflect ultraviolet rays thus shortening the lifespan.
Controlling Rainwater Flow
The gutters on your roof are as integral to the wellness of your home as any other structure. They are responsible for controlling the flow of rainwater thus protecting your walls, roof, foundation, and landscape. This control can only be exercised when the gutters are free of debris. Clogged gutters are a nightmare. They lead to leaky roofs and could cause damage to your foundation, and even the interior of your homes. A clogged gutter also serves as a conducive breeding environment for rodents, insects or mold, putting your home and its inhabitants at risk.
Hire a Professional for Your Roof and Gutter Cleaning
You may be tempted to think cleaning your roof or gutter is something you can easily handle on your own. Don’t be surprised it is now common knowledge that having it handled by a professional is the best bet.
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, about 165,000 Americans require medical treatment for ladder related injuries each year. Many of these injuries lead to lengthy hospitalizations and sometimes, permanent disability. You really shouldn’t risk your health when you have professionals waiting to handle the job.
Asides the safety concerns, handing the job to professionals guarantees a thorough job. Cleaning your roof has some dos and don’ts if you don’t want to risk losing your warranty. You can be sure the professionals would use only the right equipment. The vertical portion of gutters could also prove difficult to clean if you choose to do it on your own, be rest assured the professionals have got it covered.
Neglecting your roof and gutter is a bad idea for the health of your home. It’s high time you started paying attention to the roof now if you don’t want to pay tens or even hundreds of thousands later.