What are the benefits of pressure washing my roof?
1. Increasing The Life Of Your Roof
Despite the general belief, that the unsightly appearance of mold, moss, algae or lichen is only a cosmetic issue, the facts prove the opposite to be true: These little plants eat away the base of our shingles, loosen the foundation, leaving your roof porous and prone to water damage.
When looking at an asphalt-shingle roof with a life-expectancy of 25-years, it may not even last 15 years if nothing is done. As the algae and fungus grow on your roof, they prepare the grounds for moss to hold on to. Moss roots can also work their way into wood decks or other wood structures. Algae growth on shaded or damp areas of wood or asphalt shingle roof systems causes rot and deterioration.
2. Increasing Your Property Value
50% of curb appeal come from the roof. A stained roof can raise suspicion in many buyers and in less than 3 seconds, potential buyers will determine that they don’t want a home. This can easily be avoided with having the roof pressure washed before you put your house on the market.
A roof that is dirty or covered with algae or black stains also reflects negatively on your care for the property. A potential buyer makes snap decisions and a roof will always be one of the first things he will pay great attention to, which is not hard to understand.
3. Reducing Energy Costs
The algae, mold and fungus symptoms that occur on a dirty roof absorb more heat due to its black pigmentation. These symptoms keep temperatures higher by preventing the reflective capabilities of the granules from doing their job.
The higher the temperatures climb on your roof, the harder your air conditioner has to work during our hot Florida summers. Because of the decreased insulating factors mentioned above, the convection stored in the upper levels of the home will be unable to dissipate heat. Experiments show that your electric bill can increase as much as several hundred dollars a year if you don’t take care of your roof.