The roof of your home or property can be a major contributor to the overall cosmetic appeal of the house or property. If your roofing substrate is dirty and algae rode, it can subconsciously make people think the home is dirt or neglected.
Roofs are commonly constructed from either clay roof tiles, metal sheeting, cedar shakes or most commonly asphalt shingles. Each one of these substrates has different characteristics and needs to be clean and restored slightly differently. You can find the best soft washing services in Erie PA online.
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However the correct method to cleaning these roofing materials is by using the most minimal pressure or power water cleaning as possible. Excessive high-pressure water cleaning of roofing materials can be extremely harmful to a roof, especially the most common type, asphalt shingles.
Asphalt shingles contain a limestone filler that acts by both reflecting the sun's ultra violet rays in the hotter, summer months and also it retains heat and warmth inside the home during the cooler or winter months. Excessive power washing can easily dislodge these limestone fillers, leading to increased heating and cooling energy costs. It can also lead to premature replacement of a roof.
A roof should last up to 25-40 years, however many roofs are being replaced as early as 15 years or even 10 years due to improper maintenance or lack of maintenance altogether. That is because algae and other micro-organisms will actually eat the limestone filler.