Debunking Myths Surrounding Roof Cleaning

Roof cleaning is an often-misunderstood process. As roofers offering expert, professional roof cleaning services, Arry’s Roofing debunks the top myths about roof cleaning in today’s post.

Debunking Myths Surrounding Roof Cleaning

MYTH 1: Stains Are Caused by Dirt and Pollutants

While it is certainly possible for dirt and airborne pollutants to stain roofs, moss and algae are more commonly the culprits. The more moisture on the roof, the faster they reproduce. On rainy days, algae form unsightly streaks that will spread to other parts of the roof.

MYTH 2: Moss and Algae Are Only Cosmetic Issues

Moss and algae can be destructive. Aside from reproducing quickly, they can consume the limestone found in most asphalt shingles. This makes the shingles’ outer layer brittle, leading to premature degradation of the shingles.

MYTH 3: Roofs With Moss and Algae Need to Be Replaced

Fortunately, you do not have to spend on an unplanned roofing replacement just to get rid of ugly streaks on your roof. Professional cleaning takes care of the problem and it typically only takes a day. Beware of unscrupulous roofers who use this tactic to sell new roofs.

MYTH 4: Anyone Can Clean Their Own Roof

DIY roof cleaning is a bad idea. Permanently removing moss and algae requires use of chemicals, which need to be applied using specialized tools with proper protection. Additionally, climbing onto your roof is hazardous if you don’t have the proper training and equipment.

MYTH 5: Chemicals Can Damage Your Landscape

The chemicals used for removing moss and algae aren’t corrosive, and, when handled by trusted professionals, won’t cause any damage. At Arry’s Roofing, we have the proper tools and equipment to ensure no damage will be done to your home or landscape.

MYTH 6: You Can Use a Power Washer to Clean Your Roof

Power washers are great for stripping old paint and cleaning concrete and brick surfaces. However, we don’t recommend using a power washer on the roof, as it could strip the granules from the asphalt shingles. Instead of protecting your roof, you would be stripping it of its protective layer.

Arry’s Roofing offers a wide range of roofing services, including roof repair and cleaning. Call us today at (727) 938-9565 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free roofing estimate. We serve many areas in and near Tampa, Palm Harbor and Dunedin, FL.