In the life of home ownership, something people forget about on occasion is that there’s a big roof above their heads that is protecting them from the elements — it may be that the ceiling that comes in between them and the roof makes it a bit forgettable, so to speak.
Yet the roof, if it happens to get damaged in some meaningful way, can also be a great source of problems for your home ranging from flooding in the house to sudden stains that appear on your ceiling that later have to be cleaned — and they often start off as just a matter of having something on the roof that needs to be cleaned.
In terms of washing your roof, you may be thinking that more is more and that the stronger your washing stream, the better off you will be in cleaning your roof.
This is not at all the case and in fact can lead to your roof being damaged to the point of needing further repair.
Power washing, particularly, is not good for your typical shingled roof and should not be used as though the power washer is good in other circumstances, it can actually blow shingles and even tiles right off of your roof — which would ultimately have to be put back onto your roof, perhaps even replaced if the originals were damaged.
If you are unable to actually get up onto the roof due to how uneven it is as well as a lack of the kind of equipment necessary to get onto the roof, the next best thing is to get as close to the roof as you can and to wash the roof.
That being the case, you’re going to want to make sure that your ladder is as steady as possible such that you do not suffer a fall and possibly get injured while trying to clean the roof.
While you are up near the roof cleaning it, it is a fantastic opportunity for you to take care of the branches of trees that may be adjacent to your home.
The thing with branches is that they are lovely and they grow leaves and thus have a fantastic aesthetic but when they get too close to a roof, they can cause massive destruction due to the branches swaying back and forth in strong winds.
To avoid such disaster, the best thing to do is to trim the branches of your tree before they are able to damage your roof.
When you are looking for things that may cause problems with your roof, don’t discount the leaves that fall down from trees during the fall as these may be some of the most dangerous things that people aren’t aware have the possibility of causing damage to your roof.
The problem with leaves on your roof, particularly when there’s thicker leaf coverage, is that it can get even just a bit damp, and then over time it will cause significant rotting damage to the roof.
Really the best thing that you can do is to remove the leaves via washing them off or removing them with a rake if that is at all possible.
Snow is so picturesque and looks so very beautiful on your roof, but under that innocent appearance is something far more dangerous.
If you have enough snow on your roof that the weight of the snow is greater than your roof’s ability to hold weight, you have a possibly damaged or even destroyed roof on your hands, with snow possibly ultimately flooding part of your home.
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