Have your roof looking spotless this spring with a complete cleaning guide
When we think of spring cleaning, we think of our houses, our cars, our garages or even our office desks. Oftentimes homeowners don’t think twice about the cleanliness of their roof, leading to troublesome issues in the future. Spring is the perfect time to make sure your roof is in the best shape possible for the summer ahead, especially in Arizona’s high temperatures. Here are a few ways you can tackle your roof cleaning this spring:
Clean Off All Debris
Before you can get to the nitty gritty parts of roof cleaning, you’ll need to clear the area. Just like you would remove clothes and other items to deep clean your home or garage, roofs require the same type of treatment! Debris like tree branches, leaves, sticks, animal nests, pests and other foliage needs to be cleared off in order to see things like leaks, cracks and broken shingles.
Get Rid of Mold and Mildew
A clean surface is a safe surface on any roof. Mold and mildew can be dangerous to your health and create roof issues that will be costly and difficult to remove. It’s important to check your roof for any signs of mold or mildew so you can catch it early on and avoid future headaches. Signs of mold or mildew include a musty odor, small black/gray streaks or spots and a leaking roof.
Check for Any Broken or Missing Shingles
Broken or missing shingles might not be noticeable at first glance, so it’s important to take a more in-depth look. Weather conditions like wind, rain or even extreme heat can damage your roof shingles. Signs of bad shingles include curling, buckling, blistering and staining. Damaged shingles can lead to roof leaks and even mold, so be sure to contact a professional like American Roofing & Waterproofing for a detailed inspection.
Clean Your Gutters
After the colder months have ended, your gutters are probably filled with leaves and other debris from wind and rain. While this task may seem daunting, it’s one of the most crucial steps in the roof cleaning process. A clogged gutter can do major damage to your home, and you’ll thank yourself later for taking action early on. You’ll first want to clean all visible debris from the gutter and clear out the downspout. Try using a hose or plumber’s drain to reach difficult areas. Be sure there are no holes in your surrounding gutters after this process.
Get Your Roof Inspected
While there are some aspects of a roof cleaning job you can do yourself, the best option is to call a professional to look at where the integrity of your roof stands. We offer complete roof inspections to check for internal water stains, damaged or broken panels and missing roof shingles. We go over the top to ensure your rain gutters and downspouts are repaired, ice dams are prevented, and can replace your roof when the time comes. It’s recommended to get your roof professionally inspected at least once a year!
If you have questions about an issue with your roof or would like to schedule an inspection, contact American Roofing & Waterproofing! Our team of professional contractors will get the job done right so your roof can be ready for Arizona’s summer!