Did you really think that cleaning your roof was a bad idea? Ha! But seriously. The real question that everyone wants answered relates to how often a roof needs cleaning. If you want to take it a step further, you can ask about the type of cleaning that is required for most residential homes. Remember that your roof and home’s exterior is akin to your own skin. You bathe not just to smell fresh, but also you bathe so that your skin stays healthy and fresh.
Proper maintenance and care will keep your roof in great condition and extend the life of the materials. This means that you won’t have to invest in a new roof as often. Or, think of the opposite. Dirt, grime, mold, and mildew can negatively affect the ageing process of your roof. Choosing not to clean your roof will lead to necessary replacements earlier than you would like.
Don’t pressure wash your roof
But how often and what method for the washing? Is there a rule of thumb? There is a rule of thumb for everything in life. But first, let’s get the big stuff out of the way. You should never leave large limbs, leaves, or debris sitting on your roof for any extended period of time. Large debris can be worse than anything else because it not only adds water and moisture but also a pressure point to a piece of the house that isn’t supposed to be weight bearing.
For the first rule of thumb you need to know what climate you live in. Clean your roof between each major seasonal change that will wear differently on your roof. This could mean summer to winter or summer to fall and winter to spring. It depends. The second rule of thumb is that you should never power wash your roof. Instead get a professional to soft wash your roof for a clean shine no one can beat.