Debunking Common Roof Cleaning Myths

Keeping your roof clean and free from debris is an easy way to prolong the life of your roof. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths that have affected how people take care of their roofs. Read on as AM Commercial Roofing Company debunks six of the most popular myths.

Stains from Acid Rain

Pollution is terrible. It causes health issues and creates acid rain. Acid rain, and its fallout, is also blamed for discoloring roofs. However, most roof stains are not caused by pollution, acid, or tar; instead, the stains are generally caused by blue-green algae, which feeds on the limestone in asphalt shingles and multiplies quickly.

Algae Means Replacing the Roof

If your roof is a breeding ground for algae, you don't necessarily have to replace it. Because the algae are only found on the surface of your roofing shingles, you just need to get the roof cleaned to fix the problem.

Algae Is Rustic

While a blue-green patina on copper roofs may look rustic, the growth of algae on your roof isn't rustic. In fact, it doesn't have any benefits for your roof. Left unchecked, algae could create water flow issues for your gutters and roof.

Pressure Washing Works

Do not pressure wash your roof. Roofs can withstand rainfall, but the pressure from a pressure washer could strip away shingles and void your roof's warranty. Pressure washing could also lead to a shorter life for your roof. Instead of pressure washing, hire a professional to clean your roof.

Chemical Cleaners Kill Plants

Okay, this one is partially true. When used correctly, chemical cleaners won't kill your plants or cause discoloration in your paints and finishes. If you're doing it yourself, be sure to follow all the manufacturer directions and recommendations for your safety and for the safety of your home. Hiring a professional to clean your roof may offer you a better solution that lasts longer than conventional chemical cleaning.

DIY Roof Cleaning Is Safe

Falls are one of the leading causes of injury according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, commonly called OSHA. Climbing a ladder involves a certain amount of risk. Walking on your roof adds even more. Any fall from a height greater than you are tall is likely to cause a head, neck, back, or spine injury. Falls aren't the only thing you have to worry about. If you're using chemicals and they are mishandled, you could put your health and the health of your family at risk.

DIY Saves Money

This may be true if nothing untoward happens. However, if you get injured while cleaning your roof, you could face medical bills and time off work that would be much more expensive than hiring someone to clean your roof. Why take chances when you don't have to? Your health is more important than the amount of money you could save—especially if you take into account the amount of time it will take to clean the roof. You know the value of your weekends.

Contact AM Commercial Roofing Company to take care of any needs related to roofing in Willis, TX, including maintenance, repairs, and replacement. Visit today to find out how they can help you.