Why Your Dirty Roof Could Possibly Blast a Hole in Your Pocket

Keeping Your Roof Clean Can Be a Great Investment

Short description: If you noticed that your roof is starting to have dirt build up, it is about time that you attend to its cleaning needs right away. Leaving your roof dirty can actually shorten its life span or make it susceptible to damage, which could cost you more for future repairs.  Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It makes up about 40% of your property’s exterior surface and is also your first line of defense against a wide variety of elements. Aside from these, your roof also contributes to your home’s curb appeal. Hence, it is imperative that you keep it clean at all times.  Unfortunately, if you are like other homeowners, you have probably overlooked the importance of cleaning your roof because of your busy schedule. However, you must consider that leaving your roof dirty will not only affect the aesthetics of your property, it could also lead to a more serious set of  problems in the future that can cost you more in repairs than you are willing to pay for. Here are some reasons why you should start attending to your roof’s cleaning needs.

A dirty roof could devalue your property

 If you have the intent to sell your house, first impressions are vital. As a seller, you would want to show your house in the best light because no prospective buyer would want to purchase a house that is cluttered. Since your roof makes up one of the largest portions of your house’s exterior, it is one of the first things that prospective buyers could see. If you have a dirty roof, this will immediately register among potential buyers and may even show up from across the street as well as in photographs. When potential buyers notice this, they could be put off, losing you the opportunity to sell your house.  

Over time dirt build up could add weight to your roof weakening its structures

 If you allow moss, lichens, algae and other particles to build up on your roof, they could accumulate and increase the weight load on your roof. While the weight of these things is not actually heavy, they could still have an impact on your roof’s ability to hold weight, weakening its structures.  

Dirt could clog your roofs’ gutters and downspouts  

Other than the dead leaves and twigs that collect in your roofs’ gutters and downspouts, mosses, lichens, dirt and grime could also end up in these parts of your roofs. Once they accumulate there, they will eventually clump together causing a blockage, making it difficult for rainwater to pass through. If rainwater is unable to pass down your gutter and downspouts, they could just overspill down your house’s foundation, which in turn could weaken it and possibly lead to penetrating damp.

Mold and fungus buildup on the roof could increase your home’s air conditioning bills

In order for molds and fungus to grow they need to absorb the sun’s heat. And when you allow them to grow on your roof, they will work like a sponge absorbing the heat of the sun that hits your roof, thereby causing the temperature in your home to rise. As a result, your air conditioner would have to work harder in order to regulate the air indoors, which can significantly increase the bills you pay for your air conditioning.

Microorganisms on the roof could end up inside your house which can potentially dangerous to you and your family’s health 

Although not all molds and algae can pose a risk to you and your family’s health, some of them can be harmful for children and senior citizens who are suffering from allergies and respiratory issues. Mold spores as well as the dirt collected on the roof can make their way indoors, especially if there are strong winds. Rainwater could also carry them to your garden pavement, pathways and driveways. Once they end up there, they will be easily carried inside your house. Now that you are aware how a dirty roof can be a financial burden on your part, it is about time that you immediately attend to its cleaning needs. While you might want to do the cleaning yourself to save on labor costs, it is best to leave the job to the professionals to ensure that your roof will be cleaned thoroughly. To further boost the serviceability of your roof and extend its life span, you may even choose to have a protective coating applied to it so that dirt, mosses, molds, lichens and fungi will not buildup on your roof any longer.  

 

The article above was written by Ericka, who is also a regular contributor for Steel Buildings Design .co.uk a UK based company who manufacture and erect steel framed buildings.

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