Everything You Need To Know
About Keeping Your Roof Clean
Here is a bold statement: People take their roofs for granted.
We hate to say it, but it’s the truth, and we can prove it. If you don’t believe it, then just try this:
Take a drive in your neighborhood. Take a look at the roofs of your neighbors. How do they look? Do they have black streaks or look a bit darker than they should? It is quite common in Jersey City, so you should be able to confirm this.
When you return home, take a look at your own roof. Unless it is brand new, it is probably going to look similar to your neighbors’ homes. Is that what you see?
If so, then we have another question for you. Are your utility bills unexpectedly high, even for summer time? Well, you may be surprised to know that this is no coincidence.
So what is this mysterious darkening that’s happening to your roof? It happens to be a type of algae with an almost-unpronounceable name of Gloecapsa Magma. For simplicity’s sake, we are just going to call it black mold. Whatever you want to call it, it is a silent menace. It can and will do damage to your roof – and your pocket book!
Black mold is kind of a double-edged sword. For one thing, it eats away at your shingles, weakening them and their ability to protect your roof. At the same time, the blackening of the roof actually works against the purpose of the roof, which is to reflect the sun.
Does the color black do a good job of reflecting the sun? Nope. It absorbs heat, and all too well. And with all of that heat getting absorbed into your attic and eventually into your home, do you think your A/C is working harder than it should, causing your electric bill to go through the roof (no pun intended)? Yep.
There is another thing you might not think about in relation to black mold. It doesn’t look good for one thing, and that unfavorable appearance may actually turn off a potential buyer if you are selling your home. But ignoring the problem could actually invite more damage to be done. This can definitely bring the value down.
More serious than anything else is the possibility that this black mold, if not dealt with as soon as possible, can spread into your home, posing a health risk to you and your family. If you or your family members have allergies, this is something you cannot ignore.
What is the remedy for this black mold? Many people, even some roofing companies, might suggest high pressure washing. However, given the relatively thin nature of asphalt shingles, you can imagine what kind of damage high pressure washing can do – and it will. The problem is, this damage is irreversible, and it’s only going to lead to one thing: replacement.
Regular roof cleaning is really just good home maintenance, as It will help prevent costly, premature roof replacement. In fact, the cost of cleaning is about 10% of the cost to replace it. If you ignore cleaning your roof, that’s where it’s headed. You do the math.
The best way to clean your shingled roof is to use a non-pressure roof cleaning method called soft wash. This is a far better alternative to high pressure washing. No damage will come to your shingles, preserving their life, the lifespan of your roof and keep your utility bills down to a manageable level.
Let’s recap. Here are the reasons you should regularly have your roof cleaned.
• It will improve the appearance of your roof, and your home’s overall exterior.
• You will prevent shingle failure, which will preserve your roof, and extend its life.
• A regularly cleaned roof will remain in good shape, adding value to your home.
• You will save energy. With the black mold removed, your roof can properly reflect the sun instead of absorbing it, leading to huge utility bill savings.
• Regular roof cleaning is a small, but significant outward demonstration that you take pride in the condition and care of your home.
Now think about those questions we asked earlier. If your utility bills are unexpectedly high, take a look at your roof. Is there a black tint or darkening happening with it? If so, then it could be time to clean your roof.
Call us at Abstract Roofing & Construction today. We will take a look at your roof. If we confirm that you have black mold on your roof, we will work with you to remove it safely and without doing damage to your shingles.
Do it to preserve your roof. You will extend its life and add value to your home.
Do it to give your home’s exterior an appealing appearance.
Do it for you and your family’s health.
Do it as soon as possible.
Just remember, we at Abstract Roofing & Construction are professional, well-trained and well-equipped to do the work. We have plenty of satisfied customers to back up that statement, and you are only one satisfied customer away.
We are not just the best roofing company in Jersey City; we are the best roof cleaning company in Jersey City, and we will continue working hard to keep it that way. Customer service is important to us, both before and after the sale. So you can rest assured that we are going to take good care of you.
Just as we would if we were repairing or replacing your roof, good business is about relationships. We will be there every step of the way to make sure you have a good experience. From start to finish, we will strive to give you peace of mind. And long after the sale, you always have a friend in us.
So once more, call us today at Abstract Roofing & Construction. We are ready to help you get rid of black mold, protecting your family as well as your roof, and help you get your utility bills back to where they belong.
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Moss & Algae Treatment
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