A Clean Roof
Roof cleaning is the process to remove dirt, algae and moss from roofs; this process can extend the duration of a roof’s ability to function. Algae and other types of build-up often form on parts of roofs that are shaded and can reduce a roof’s life expectancy. Additionally, keeping the roof and gutters free of debris will allow rain to drain away from the home. As you’ve read in other posted blogs, water and log homes don’t mix, for a variety of reasons!
If you live in a humid area of the country, like Missouri and the entire Middle-America, you’ve probably seen unsightly dark streaks on asphalt shingle roofs. Though often attributed to an accumulation of dirt, defective shingles, mold, or mildew; the most common culprit is actually a blue-green algae known as Gloeocapsa Magma that is spread by airborne spores.
While algae growth does little harm to roofing, the spores on your roof can get inside your home because they end up on the driveway and walkways from rain and are easily tracked inside. They can even be drawn into our air conditioning systems and eventually populate the ducts. Additionally, the stains don’t help the overall appearance or resale value of your home. The north side of the home promotes growth quicker due to the moisture which stays there longer, therefore you will most likely see issues here first. This is also something to note if you’re in the process of purchasing a home.
An environmentally safe shingle cleaner is applied to lift and dissolve all algae, fungus, and dirt. This “green” product will not harm landscapes and plants. A rinse of your roof will remove all contaminants and leave it clean. A product can also be applied to your clean roof to lengthen the life of your shingles and strengthen its integrity. Look for professional Roofing Companies in your area who have experience with this process.
Something else to consider, if a complete roof replacement is needed or if you are building a new log home, is the option of a permanent, energy efficient, metal roof. While maintenance is still necessary, it may be less expensive an needed less frequently.
To determine whether a roof needs replacing, it’s always best calling in experts such as Hprtexas.com who will be able to do a thorough inspection prior to carrying out the work. You may not need a whole new roof – but instead something else (like a few new tiles) that could be a lot cheaper.
Remember that keeping the exterior of your home clean from ground to roof is always the best advice for the longevity of your home, roof structure and foundation! Our maintenance team is well trained to notice issues on your log home early on, before they become a major concern. Please call to have your home added to our list for regularly scheduled maintenance check-ups.
In the event you need structural/cosmetic repair or restoration of your log home, give us a call at 417-861-7603. Our professional Service Team will gladly help you determine what is needed and get you information on the entire process and a quote on the cost of the job. We hope you found this information helpful.