Many homeowners here in the Tampa area are good about cleaning gutters, or washing off dirty spots on the house, but what about the roof? Most tile roofs here in Central Florida need to be cleaned every few years and rarely are! If you live in a climate with a high volume of rain, humidity, and wind, it can be hard to maintain a clean roof. Being in a city like Tampa with a high level of pollution or simply living near a highway can also affect how dirty your roof gets. By maintaining a roof cleaning schedule, you can save years that bacteria and algae would have otherwise taken from your tile roof.
The type of roof you have also affects how often your roof may need to be cleaned. A product that is unlike the rest in terms of cleaning, are composite roof tiles. Specifically, Brava’s Roof Tiles [http://www.bravarooftile.com] are highly weatherproof and made from recycled plastic. This means they absorb almost no water and the changes of algae, mold, or water damage with these roof tiles are next to nothing.
|Tile roof in Tampa, before and after cleaning|
On the other hand, Clay Tiles are a difficult roof material to keep clean. They cannot easily be power washed due to their fragile nature. A powerful stream of water will shatter the tiles almost immediately. However, if you like the look of Clay Tiles, Brava offers composite Spanish barrel tiles with the same look, but far more durable. The composite products also rarely need to be cleaned. Wood shake roofing can be difficult to keep clean as well. It is not as simple as washing the tiles and can take certain treatments to keep the wooden roof from rotting. Asphalt shingles are easier than the other materials to keep clean, but after years their appearance can still be difficult to maintain.
3 Signs That You Need a Tile Roof Cleaning
Here are a few tips on what to look out for on your roof so you now it is definitely time to get it cleaned! Remember though, even if these signs aren’t visible to you, if your roof has not been cleaned in several years it is probably time.
- Algae: This is most commonly seen in the form of black streaks on your roof. This is triggered by rain and your roof staying damp. At this point, there is still time for the tile roof to be cleaned and the shingles to stay intact.
- Moss: This is likely if your roof sits in a shaded area. This maintains dampness in your roof tiles and can cause more serious damage if left untreated.
- Lichen: This is a fungus that protects algae. This is a sure sign your tile roof needs to be cleaned, and possible even replaced. Lichen has roots that dig into roofing and break down asphalt. If shingles are left untreated, your shingles will likely start to erode.