Horizons Unlimited Home Improvements

Spring Cleaning for the Roof

As the snow melts and the weather warms, everyone is ready to get outside and enjoy the springtime. As you prep you spring cleaning routine, you can’t forget your roof. After a long winter, your roof needs maintenance to make sure it stay secure for another year.

TREE LIMBS. Make sure tree limbs don’t touch the roof.  If they do, they can easily scrape over the shingles and ruin them, which will severely reduce the life of a roof.

LEAVES AND PINE NEEDLES. A little leaf or a few pine needles are fine, but if they collect and are deep enough to hold moisture, they need to be taken off the roof. If too much collects, it forms mildew and can weigh down the roof.

MOSS. Cutting back trees and removing leaves will reduce moss growth, as it will allow sunlight to dry up the moisture that moss thrives on. Be careful with moss-killing chemicals, as the runoff can damage plants below.

MOLD. Discolored streaks on a roof indicate there is mold, algae, or fungus, which can eat away at the roofing material and ultimately cause leaks. A treatment of chlorine bleach or copper sulfate solution applied with a garden sprayer can kill the mold.

If you need more roof spring cleaning tips, give us a call.