Avoid Committing These Two Roofing Sins

It's good to perform regular maintenance on a roof to maximize its lifespan. However, sometimes people do things to their roofs that they think is good but ultimately results in disaster. Here are two things you absolutely should not do to your roof if you want to keep it in good condition for a long time: 

Power Wash the Roof Clean

Roofs look great when they're first installed, but they get dirty and grimy over time. For one reason or another—usually, to impress potential homebuyers—a homeowner will get the idea to rent a power washer and clean the roof using high-pressure water. Unfortunately, this can result in disaster for a couple of reasons.

First, the high-pressure spray can actually cause premature aging in your roof, because the spray may eradicate the protective films and coatings used to protect it from the environmental elements, such as the sun's rays. Second, the force of the water may cause shingles to loosen, increasing your risk of developing leaks and other problems.

Generally, a little dirt won't hurt your roof. If you're really concerned about how your roof appears or you suspect you have mold and/or algae on your roof, it's best to contact a professional roofing contract for suggestions on the best way to clean the shingles. It may cost a bit of money for a professional service, but it could save you thousands in replacement and repair costs down the line.

Let Tree Limbs Grow Over It

In general, trees add value to your property. At the same time, their presence can cause a number of expensive problems to develop over time. In particular, letting tree branches dangle over your roof is asking for pest problems. An assortment of creatures, such as squirrels and certain bugs—will use the tree to access your roof and make their homes in your gutters or attic. This can lead to leaks in your roof as well as a large pest control bill from the local company you hire to get rid of them.

Additionally, tree branches can scrape against the roof and remove coatings or even loosen shingles. In a storm, the limb may break off completely and cause impact damage that costs thousands to repair.

It's best to have the tree pruned on a regular basis to keep the branches away from your home. If the tree sits too close to your where pruning won't help much, consider having the tree moved to another location on your property or removed altogether.

For more tips on caring for your roof or an estimate of the cost of getting a new roof, contact a local roofing company.