Over time, you may notice streaks begin to form on your tile roof. Maybe these streaks don’t initially bother you — they can be pretty faint at first. Even if the streaks don’t make you cringe, they are a sure sign your tile roof needs cleaning. A lack of cleaning does not only result in darker, blacker algae streaks which reduce your home’s curb appeal. It also shortens the lifespan of your roof and reduces its energy efficiency.
Why Roof Cleaning Is Necessary
Tile roofs are durable, protective, and beautiful, but they are prone to algae growth. That’s right — the black streaks you see on your roof are formed by algae. Roof cleaning removes this algae along with any other debris such as leaves, dirt, and road dust. There are three primary reasons why roof cleaning is necessary.
1. It keeps your roof looking great.
There are few things more beautiful than a truly clean tile roof. When you or a neighbor look up at your clean roof, you can fully admire the colors of the tiles you chose.
If you belong to an HOA, they may require your roof to remain clean. Regular roof cleaning will ensure you don’t get an HOA “nasty gram” in the mail and will keep you in your neighbors’ good graces.
If you ever decide to sell your home, curb appeal is key. Buyers want a home which looks as gorgeous outside as it does inside, and a clean roof certainly has the well-maintained vibe a buyer is looking for. You’ll have an easier time selling your home and you may even be able to raise your asking price with a clean roof.
2. It doubles your roof’s lifespan.
A new roof is a substantial investment, so of course you don’t want to have to replace your roof any sooner than necessary. Regular cleaning can double your tile roof’s lifespan. Without regular cleaning and maintenance, your tile roof will not last as long as it should. By having your roof cleaned, you can extend its life expectancy by up to twice it’s remaining life.
Of course, it is important to make sure your roof cleaning team uses gentle techniques, such as the soft wash process Kelly Roofing uses on our South Florida roofs. Power washing can etch the tile, cut through sealants, make the tile more porous, and make matters worse in the long run.
3. It keeps the roof energy-efficient.
Tile roofs are very energy-efficient when they are first installed, but if you want them to retain their energy-efficiency, you need to take good care of them.
Having your roof cleaned regularly will keep it in good shape so it remains an efficient barrier between living spaces and the outdoors. A streak-free roof also reflects more sunlight, keeping your home cooler in the summer. Your air conditioner won’t have to run as often, which is good for your wallet and for the planet.
Soft Washing: A Top Roof Cleaning Option
When you do have your roof cleaned, it is important to choose a company who uses gentle tactics, such as soft washing. What is soft wash roof cleaning? Well, it’s a technique which removes algae and other grime from the tiles without high pressure.
Soft washing ensures the tile’s sealant and underlayment remain intact. The cleaning agents used are safe for your landscaping and for pets, so your flowers will stay vibrant and your dog can continue to enjoy his yard.
Kelly Roofing always follows up soft washing with Roof Rain Time Release Algae Prevention Solution. This solution, when applied to a clean roof, protects against future algae growth for a full two years. It is 100% natural, good for the planet, and is activated over time when the roof is exposed to water and sunlight.
For even better roof care, consider having your tile roof fully inspected every two years when you have it cleaned. Kelly Roofing’s Roofiversary program offers biennial inspection and maintenance service. It includes a full soft wash cleaning and algae prevention service. We also inspect the roof for damage, protect against leaks, and maintain your warranty coverage.
Keep your tile roof clean and it will continue to keep you safe, warm, and dry. Shingle, metal, and flat roofs also require periodic cleaning. Check with your roofing contractor; they can give you all the details about maintaining your specific roof.
If you would like to make an appointment to have your tile roof cleaned, contact Kelly Roofing in South Florida. Our expert team members will restore your tile roof to good health, extending its lifespan and restoring its energy-efficiency.