A Property Managers Guide to Roof Cleaning

If you’ve worked in property management for more than a few years, there’s a fair chance you’ve dealt with roof cleaning problems. Roof cleaning is expensive, and cleaning up after the roof cleaners is even more expensive. Repairing the harm that roof cleaners do is never factored into the original calculation because you aren’t anticipating it, but it happens all the time. If you are mindful of the possible loss ahead of time, you can avoid it, lowering costs and headaches, because that is what property management is all about.Do you want to learn more? Visit Dynasty Building Solutions roofing

There are a variety of fungi that can settle on a roof and cause damage to the roof as well as being unsightly. Moss, lichen, black algae (black mould), and green mold/algae make up the majority of the matter, and their removal is now needed. Roofs must be cleaned for a number of purposes, including preventing damage and premature replacement, lowering energy costs, and restoring property value.

The most frequently affected roofs are asphalt shingle, cedar shake, and tile roofs, each of which is affected differently.

Asphalt roofs deteriorate more quickly than other types of roofs because fungi can grow underneath the shingles, raising them until they crack and fall off. The fungus tendrils or “roots” often dig through the reflective granules, causing them to dislodge and fall off, resulting in shingle thinning, which reduces the expected life of the shingle by years as they curl and cup.

When fungus covers a cedar roof, the fungus traps moisture in the wood, causing rotting, which attracts wood-feeding insects and quickly deteriorates the wood’s integrity.

While fungus cannot kill tile like it can asphalt or wood, tiles can be damaged by the weight of roof cleaners walking on the roof; tile is delicate, particularly after baking in the sun for years; the damage isn’t visible at first, but as the cracks wash out with rain water, they will become dislodged and fall off.

The home owner should expect a rise in energy costs in addition to the destructive damage the fungus can cause. Fungus is typically dark in colour, and dark colours absorb sunlight, forcing air conditioners to work overtime to cool attics, crawl spaces, and second or top floors, resulting in higher-than-normal energy bills.