The roof upon your home may seem like an impenetrable barrier to your house, so you might not take much notice or think of its condition. However, because your roof is exposed to constant wear and tear, damage is a matter of when, not if, so you need to take some active measures to protect and ensure its condition. Here are some recommendations and care you can take with your home's roof to improve its condition and lengthen its lifespan.
Watch and Care For Its Condition
When you can watch your roof's condition to stop any damage before it occurs, your roof will last longer and look better in its condition. Keep an eye on your roofing shingles' condition to watch for curling and lifting up from their edges, especially along the south-facing side of your roof. This side of your roof is under constant exposure to the sun's harmful radiation, and it will degrade sooner than the other sides of your roof.
Also, watch for an excessive amount of roofing granules to wash from your roof's surface after a heavy rainstorm. These granules are tiny pebbles that are stuck onto the surface of your shingles and provide a protective barrier for your shingles and roof. Watch for any granules that might fall off the edges of your roof where no rain gutter is present and also on the ground where your rain gutter's downspout deposits water.
It is also a good idea to hire a professional roofer to check your roof's condition from on top of your roof if you see any shingles blown into your yard from your roof or excessive roofing granules. And if your roof is a metal roof, they can check for damage from hail or high winds.
Request Professional Cleaning
Your roof can also begin to form stains and discoloration on its shingles or clay tiles, which can form from excessive moisture and shade from nearby trees, and also from the growth of moss. Other types of stains can occur from dirt, bird and insect droppings, and algae growth.
Algae and mold spores are naturally present in the air outside, and they can blow onto and begin growing on your roof, especially with a good source of constant rainwater from storms. Fortunately, you can clean off your roof and shingles with a roof cleaning service that uses a pressure washer's soft spray so it does not damage your asphalt or clay tile shingles. Your cleaning specialist can apply a cleaner to remove the stains and also apply a treatment that will continue to protect your roof from any growth in the future.
For more information, contact a company like Amick Roofing Inc.