Roof Maintenance and Cleaning Tips
Roof maintenance is critical to keeping the structural integrity of your roof true, as well as maximizing the value of your home. Neglecting the accumulation of debris, birds nests and other foreign materials can lead to structural problems, warping, mold and leakage. Here are a few tips to remember when choosing a roof cleaning service:
Tip #1: Be wary of pressure cleaning.
Pressure washing sounds good, but high pressure might damage your roof shingles and deteriorate the protective covering. Try to find a company that offers low pressure washing, soft roof cleaning or brushing.
Tip #2: Make sure the service is fully licensed, bonded and insured.
Check your state's licensing commission website and make sure the roof cleaning contractor has a current state license. Also, have the contractor present you with an insurance certificate that delineates all of their insurance coverage.
Tip #3: Get references.
Have your contractor provide you with a list of clients you can contact. Ask them exactly what procedures they had done, how fast they were able to complete service and if they were professional and courteous. You will also want to check reviews online, and if that company has any unresolved disputes.
Tip #4: Ask about the roofing materials they have cleaned.
Asphalt shingles, tile, and aluminum roofs require entirely different tools and techniques to clean safely and effectively. Roof cleaning services will have been trained to clean all roofing materials, but will often only have experience in cleaning a finite variety. Make sure they have experience in cleaning your specific roofing materials. Also, ask about the chemical solutions they use to clean their roofs, and research their effectiveness.