Roof cleaning can restore your roof's appeal and add value to your home

Roof cleaning can restore your roof's appeal and add value to your home

Both roof cleaning and power washing are critical in the maintenance of your roof.

The black streaks are a type of algae called gloeocapsa magma. The black color of the algae prevents the roof from reflecting the radiant heat from the sun. This raises the temperature in your attic and can increase your utility bills.

The most economical solution is to have your roof professionally cleaned.

The natural elements erode exterior surfaces, but by keeping them clean with the proper processes, you can increase your roof’s lifespan and protect your investment.

Concrete tile roofs should be steam cleaned with water that exceeds 200 degrees. Cleaning roofs is an extremely dirty job, often times dirtying sections of the stucco, sidewalks and other surrounding surfaces. All the surfaces dirtied during the cleaning process should be thoroughly rinsed during the job.

A reclamation system to catch the wash water should be used in cities with wash water ordinances. Reclaiming the wash water is one of the most important aspects of this job, preventing all parties from being subject to fines.

Urbach Roofing, Inc. has been a roofing leader in San Diego, Calif., since 1979. As of March 28, 2012, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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