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The Pros & Cons Of Different Roofing Materials

June 5, 2017

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When it comes to roofs, your experience with maintenance and repairs will depend on what type of roofing material you have. Some roofing materials require very little maintenance, while others require a lot and are more vulnerable to damage.

Tile, Cedar, and composition are three popular roofing options, each with unique qualities. Whether you’re choosing a material for your new roof or learning more about maintaining the roof you have, it’s important to understand the benefits and drawbacks of these common roofing materials.

 

Tile Roofs

Tile roofs are a classic, distinctive style of roofing popular in the South and Southwest. No wonder! Tile roofs resist damage from scorching heat and sunlight, making them a great choice for these areas. Roofing tiles can be made of clay, concrete, or a sand-cast material, but they all function in the same way.

Pros

  • Unique curb appeal – Tile roofs create an attractive look for adobo and other Southwestern-style homes.
  • Built to last – Generally, a tile roof will last for years and years. Some claim to last 50 years, but you can find homes with tiles that are older.
  • Fireproof – Unlike untreated wood roofs, tile roofs are fireproof. They also naturally resist mildew, algae, and insects.

Pro Tip: Concrete tiles can be styled to mimic the look of cedar. This means you can enjoy a cedar roof appearance without the high maintenance!

Cons

  • Heavyweight – Tiles are heavy. So heavy, in fact, that your roof will need enforcement to support the weight!
  • High cost – It should be no surprise that heavy roofing materials — and roof reinforcements — come at a high cost financially.
  • Fragile – Walking on a tile roof can cause cracks, breaks, and other damage. Any work that needs to be done on or around the roof should be performed by a skilled professional to avoid damage.
  • Maintenance – While the tiles themselves require very little maintenance, the underlayment beneath them needs to be replaced every 8 to 20 years. This involves removing the tiles from the roof and repositioning them atop the new underlayment.

Learn more about maintenance for tile roofs.

Cedar Roofs

Cedar roofs are simply gorgeous. Cedar is a renewable resource that is locally sourced in the Pacific Northwest. Many homeowners are drawn to cedar roofing for its aesthetic appeal, but unfortunately, it can fall into disrepair without the proper maintenance.

Pros

  • Exceptional beauty – It’s hard to beat the appearance of a cedar wood roof. Cedar has a natural beauty which ages well too.
  • Durability – Cedar roofs are long-lasting, resistant to insects, and generally good with storms.
  • Energy efficient – Cedar provides a natural insulation, which helps to keep home heating and cooling costs low.
  • Eco-friendly – As mentioned, cedar is a renewable resource. It’s common for Cedar harvesters to replace every tree used with another.

Cons

  • High cost – A cedar roof is a significant investment. Cedar shingles are more expensive to purchase and install compared to other roofing materials. The longevity of cedar, provided it’s properly maintained, can often provide a high return on investment.
  • High maintenance – Cedar requires diligent maintenance. In addition to annual inspections and cleanings, cedar roofs need regular moss, mold, and mildew removal and prevention treatments.
  • Can be flammable – Some building codes prohibit the use of cedar roofing materials due to their flammability. However, cedar shingles can be treated with fire retardants and chemical preservatives.

Learn more about maintenance for cedar roofs.

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Composition Roofs

We see a lot of composition roofs in the Vancouver, Washington area. In fact, they are found on more than 75 percent of homes!

Composition roofs are built with shingles made from composite materials like asphalt. There are three main types of composite shingles:

  • 3-Tab – The most basic, inexpensive, and least durable option. They get their name from the shingle having three tabs. Basically, 3-tab shingles are a low-cost alternative to more decorative and traditional materials.
  • Presidential – A more luxurious type of shingle with the look of cedar but the performance of composition roofing. Many homeowners enjoy the look of a hand-split wood shake roof without sacrificing durability.
  • Architectural – Also known as laminated or dimensional shingles, architectural shingles are high-quality, durable, and stylish. Made from a heavy fiberglass mat base and ceramic-coated mineral granules, they give the roof dimension and protection.

Pros

  • Low upfront cost – Composition shingles are the most affordable roofing material in the short term (average lifespan is 12 to 17 years).
  • Variety of styles – Choose from 3-tab, presidential, and architectural shingles with a range of colors and features.
  • Relatively easy installation – Compared to other roofing materials, composition shingles are easy to install for any knowledgeable roofing contractor.

Cons

  • Vulnerable to bad weather – Composition shingles can be dislodged during storms by strong winds. They can also crack or break from any strong impact such as hail stones or fallen tree branches.
  • Vulnerable to heat – Asphalt shingles are not resistant to extreme heat, which may result in cracks and color loss. Also, extreme fluctuations in temperature can lead to expansion and contraction damages.
  • Shorter lifespan – If you are planning on staying in your home for more than 20 years, a composition roof may not be the best investment.
  • Not environmentally sustainable – Asphalt shingles are a petroleum-based product. The manufacturing process is not environmentally friendly, and the shingles often end up in landfills.

Learn more about maintenance for composition roofs.

 

Keep Your Roof In Top Shape No Matter The Material

No matter what material your roof is made from, it’s your responsibility to keep it well-maintained. Northwest Roof Maintenance can help!

We offer inspections, cleanings, coatings, moss removals, repairs, and more for homeowners in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington areas. Contact us for a free estimate and for all the answers to your roofing material questions.

Q and A’s About Your Roof

July 13, 2016

 

LogoWe all have questions about our roofs, and let’s be honest, roofs aren’t exactly straight forward. They can be a variety of materials, shapes, pitches, sizes, etc. They can leak, sag, warp, etc… There is no end to the things that can happen on a roof and no end to the things you can learn about roofs. From how different weather affects roofing materials to various types of repairs and maintenance needed and so much more, we could write endless blogs and still not cover every detail or answer every single question. That doesn’t mean we can’t answer some common questions though. Below we’ve compiled a few commonly asked questions regarding your roof!

 

Q: How often should I have maintenance or repair done on my roof?

A: There is no straightforward answer for this question, no one size fits all. The need for maintenance inspections is going to vary on different factors that affect your roof. If your roof is heavily shaded you will probably need it inspected/treated for moss more often. Whereas, if your roof is in a heavy sun setting, moss won’t be as big of an issue. If there are bad wind storms one year you might need an inspection for wind damage versus a year with mild weather. The best thing to do is keep an eye on your roof. If you notice moss growth, missing shingles, warped areas, or anything else indicating a need for work, call a roofing professional to come take a look! So be flexible, pay attention to the different factors, and ask a professional for advice on your specific roof.

 

Q: I’ve heard it’s bad to pressure wash my roof, is this true?

A: It depends on what type of roof you have. If you have a Cedar Shake or Tile roof in good condition, it is most likely completely fine to pressure wash your roof! A roofing professional can let you know for sure by checking how brittle your roofing material is.
If you have an asphalt shingle roof, then you should never pressure wash your roof! Some companies will push pressure washing as a “thorough cleaning”. While it may remove more moss than just brushing or treating, it will also remove granules from your shingles, shortening the life of the roof. This can also potentially cause leaks!

 

Q: I had my roof treated, and now there is a white powdery substance on my roof, is this normal?

A: Yes, If the treatment being used is Zinc based, this white powder is just a zinc build up. It won’t damage your roof, and will wash away the next time it rains. The zinc is what kills moss and prevents future growth. So having a large ratio in the treatment is actually a good thing!

 

Q: If my roof is leaking do I need to have it replaced?

A: Don’t panic, a leak does not automatically mean you need to replace your roof. A small leak can be an indicator of a underlying problem with your roof, though more often than not a leak is localized and can be taken care of with a patch job. The best way to know for sure is to have a roofing professional inspect the area. They should look at three areas: the interior where the leak is appearing, the attic (if possible) to see if the leak is appearing at the intrusion point or if it’s traveling, and the exterior of the roof to determine how large of a patch is needed.

 

Q: How do I know which roofing contractor to choose?

A: It’s going to come down to who do you trust on your roof. Before you choose any contractor make sure to get a detailed bid from them. This ensures that you know what you are paying for, since it’s never fun to get blindsided. Trust your gut! If you get a weird feeling about a company don’t just dismiss it because they are the low bid. A lower price shouldn’t be your only factor, since often times (though not always) a price that is way below the competitions price will mean sacrificed quality or service. Always with choosing a contractor feel free to ask questions. A company that knows what they are doing should always be able and willing to help you understand what’s going on.

Have a roof related question that we didn’t answer here? Feel free to e-mail us any and all questions at office@northwestroof.com.

Take the pressure of off your composition roof!

May 27, 2016

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In America the most common type of roofing material is composition. With three main composition roof types – 3-tab, architectural, and presidential – composition roofs offer a variety of options in price, quality, and looks for the homeowner. In being the most common roofing material, it makes sense that many roof maintenance questions we receive have to do with how to properly maintain a composition roof. One of the most common questions we are asked, and what I want to address in the post, is “should I pressure wash my composition roof?”

 

In short, no, you should never pressure wash your composition roof.

 

Now I’ll give you some detail. Composition shingles are made of a fiberglass reinforcing mat in the center, with asphalt and fiberglass granules coating it. Any sort of exposure to the elements can cause wear and tear to this material. Wind can loosen granules from the shingles and loosen shingles from the roof. Rain can wash away granules, causing thinning of the roofing material. Extreme sun can melt and wear the asphalt and fiberglass materials. This is why roofs only last so long, because they are inevitably exposed to things every single day that wear them out. It’s the purpose of a roof, to take that wear so that the decking material underneath, the attic, and the interior of our homes don’t have to take that wear.

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This being said, it begs the question of “if my roof is already exposed to the elements, why would pressure washing be any worse?” Well, it’s like a child, just because you can’t keep them from being exposed to every
germ it doesn’t mean you will intentionally take them to visit the infectious disease ward at the hospital. Rather you wouldn’t expose your child to unnecessary illness. Just because your roof is exposed to the elements doesn’t mean you should intentionally cause additional wear and tear to the roof. Pressure washing inflicts a higher volume of water to the roof at a proximity that guarantees it is harder impact than normal rain water. This high impact of water can loosen and wear out granules, it can force little pieces of moss up under shingles keeping them from working properly and allowing rainwater to penetrate underneath and leak into the home. It can also loosen the shingles themselves making them more vulnerable to wind. All of this can shorten the life of the roof significantly.

 

Not only can it shorten the life of your roof, but when you do find yourself needing repair or replacement, you will find that having pressure washed your roof makes many warranties void and is an out for many insurance companies. Where as a hand brush off, while still not “natural” wear and tear, if done right, does not put unneeded stress on the shingles. It also loosens the moss without loosening the granules. It removes the surface moss, not the dirt.

 

So, if this is true, why do some companies still offer pressure washing of composition roofs? That is a good question. The most common answer I found was “If the homeowner wants it and will pay for it, why wouldn’t we offer it.” Unfortunately this careless, even selfish, attitude is a common one found out there. Other reasons for pressure washing compositions roofs varied. Some companies approached it from a “it will look cleaner” angle, operating under the idea that a pressure wash will remove more grime and dirt from the roof leaving it looking better than just a brush off. There is some validity to this, a brush off isn’t going to remove every layer of built up dirt on the roof, but it’s also not going to remove layers of shingle granules. So the choice is yours, a “cleaner” roof or a roof that does it’s job and lasts long enough to be worth your investment?


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The last issue I want to address is why clean your roof at all, if brush offs won’t make it squeaky clean and a pressure wash will damage the roof, why even bother spending money on cleaning the roof? I mean you can learn to like the look of moss right? Well, you might learn to like the look, but I can tell you that your roof won’t like it! Moss can be extremely damaging to the roof if left unaddressed. For more detail check out our blog about spring cleaning your roof. To summarize for you though, moss can deteriorate shingles and cause leaks. It’s not something to be ignored. Removing the moss from your roof is a key part to keeping it effective. The great thing is that once you get the moss cleaned off, if you stay on top of less invasive upkeep, like treatment as soon as there are traces of moss, you can maintain your roof in a way that’s truly best for your roof!

Gutter Guards – Helpful or Hurting?

April 28, 2016

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Making decisions, even small ones, can be hard, but making a decision that will majorly affect your life, home, family, or wallet can be downright frustrating. As a homeowner you may find yourself faced with many more decisions than you anticipated. You may also find yourself inundated with “advice” or suggestions on how to make these decisions. Sometimes this advice is from well-meaning friends or family who have been there before, and sometimes it comes from companies and manufacturers trying to sell you their products under the guise of having your best interest in mind.

 
5955One decision homeowners have to make that we come across as a roof maintenance company is gutter guards. There are many different options when it comes to gutter protection: gutter screens, gutter covers, gutter foam, bottle brush gutter guards, nylon gutter guards, gutter mesh, etc… Each of these types will boast about why they are the option you should choose, how they will make it so you “never have to clean your gutters again”, or how they “save you the hassle” that comes with gutter cleaning. While different ones have their perks, unfortunately many homeowners find that they won’t live up to their expectations and eventually they do have to clean their gutters. What makes it worse is when they do go to clean their gutters, they are faced with MORE hassle BECAUSE of the gutter “protection”. Whether from having to unscrew all of the gutter covers or from severe clogs that have caused leaks in the gutter seams. There is almost no fool proof gutter guard. The good news is that just because there might not be a product that will keep your gutters from ever needing to be cleaned again, there are products that can prolong the time between cleanings. Products that won’t damage your gutters when that cleaning does need to happen, like gutter foam, that is easily inserted and removed for cleaning when needed. There’s also a chance your best option might be NO gutter guard.

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Like most things when it comes to a home, the best option for you may vary from the best option for someone else. So here we are, back to the decision making and the not so helpful advice, right? Wrong. Just because what worked for your uncle might not be what you need, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get help in making your decision. Sometimes the efficiency of gutter protection varies on location, do you live where there is a lot snow, or where there are heavy rains? Even location of your specific house. Do you have a lot of trees surrounding your roof? Pine needles falling heavily in the fall? Having a roofing professional look at your roof and your gutters can be a huge step in making the right decision for you.They can discuss with you the best option for YOU, not the best option for so-and-so down the street. In some cases the best option might be no gutter protection, but more regular roof cleaning. Who knows, without knowing your roof, your situation, your needs, no one really knows. My recommendation to you? Do your research, don’t just listen to the nationwide television ad. Don’t just go with the one that has the most flashy “promises”. Research what your roof situation needs, and if you want help give us, at Northwest Roof Maintenance, a call! We can have a consultant out to take a look at your roof, get to know your needs, and make a specific recommendation for roof and gutter cleaning options.

You can contact us at 503-740-4808 OR 360-910-8938 in the Vancouver and Portland area.

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Spring Cleaning

March 24, 2016

dreamstime_s_29300632-300x199Spring Cleaning. We’ve all heard of it. To some of us it’s a figment of people’s imagination, something that is talked about but that we’ve never actually taken part of. For others it’s something we take very seriously, from purging out our closets to scrubbing the grout in the bathroom with a toothbrush. One thing that shouldn’t be overlooked, no matter your spring cleaning style, is the roof. There are a wide variety of excuses and thoughts people have on spring cleaning of roofs, and I want to address just a few of those for you. 

 

1) “My roof doesn’t have any problems yet so I shouldn’t waste money on it.” 

Your roof may not have problems now, but I can almost guarantee you that if you forego regular maintenance your roof WILL have problems in the future. While regular maintenance doesn’t promise you won’t get leaks or damage due to weather or old age, it can help avoid preventable damage. Damage that’s caused by water intruding through loose shingles, or build up of moss deteriorating the roofing material, shortening the life of the roof, etc… So yes, it might be hard to cough up the cash for a “non-existent” problem, but it will be lot harder when you have to pay twice as much for an extensive repair that could have been avoided.

 

2) “ I should probably wait until summer when the weather is nicer.”

Ah, the weather. Especially for those of us here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest we know the woes of rain 9 out of 12 months a year. Yes, moss treatments will probably be more effective not done in the torrential downpours. No, they do not require full sun for multiple days. In fact, even when applied in a light rain shower or when it rains the next day, we are still confident enough in our moss treatments that we will generally warranty them for a year! (This means if ANY new moss growth occurs we will come back out and re-treat your roof at no charge to you.) So do you actually need to wait until summer because of weather? Probably not, it’s up to you, but we can clean your roof just as well now as we will be able to in summer. So don’t let that hesitation be the only thing that stops you!

 

3) “I’m going to get my smaller outdoor projects done before I address the bigger project of my roof.”

I can not emphasize enough that you should get your roof done BEFORE you get any other exterior projects done. Let me explain. The roof is above the rest of your exterior. This means that, since we have a lovely friend named gravity, when you clean your roof, all of that moss and debris that is currently on the roof will in turn be on everything that isn’t the roof. While our roof maintenance technicians do their best to be careful with where the moss falls, and clean up as much as they can afterwards, they can’t guarantee a 100% clean up. We can rinse windows off, but can’t give them that professional sparkle. We can get all the big chunks of moss out of your garden, but we can’t get each little speck out of your freshly laid bark dust. So when trying to think of the order to get things done, a good rule of thumb is start at the top and work your way down! This way ensures that you aren’t having to double up on any of the tasks and in the end you are left with satisfactory results!

 

4) “I don’t know what I’m getting into, and roofers just seem so shifty.”

Unfortunately that is a reputation that many roofing professionals have earned, in some cases rightfully so. That doesn’t mean you have to forego taking care of your roof all together though.

  • Trust your gut, if you don’t feel right about someone don’t go with their company.
  • Calm your fears from the beginning, I’m talking that first phone contact, if you have questions or just want to know more about the company, ASK! A reputable company will be willing to talk with you and help you understand what to expect on your roof. 
  • Get an estimate. Don’t blindly have a company do the work. Get an estimate detailing what will be done, and look at the estimate before you approve it. If you have any questions about what is on the estimate get them answered BEFORE they begin the work. This will help ensure you aren’t caught by surprise and that you and the roofers are on the same page and both happy in the end.

 

So there it is, just some of the reasons you SHOULDN’T forget to include your roof in you SPRING cleaning process!

If you are ready to get an estimate or find out more information feel free to give us here at Northwest Roof Maintenance a call! 360-910-8938 OR 503-740-4808. We will provide you with a free roof inspection and estimate!

 

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What you need to know about leak repair and rain

December 18, 2015

Leak 1It’s the moment every homeowner dreads, hearing that faint drip, drip, drip indicating a leak somewhere in your home. Or maybe it’s spotting a wet splotch on your ceiling that wasn’t there before. Whether it’s a drip in the attic the inspector caught, or the obvious Niagara Falls in your living room, no one is excited about a leak. We get it, no one has damaged sheet rock or wet floors on their Christmas list! However what homeowners want even less is unnecessary damage to the plywood and roofing materials. Therefore, we don’t recommend repairing most leaks while it’s heavy or steady rain. This view may leave you wondering why not in the rain, when can your repair be done, what can you do?

Firstly, the “why” we won’t do many repairs in the rain. The fact is that repairs on the roof, especially leak repairs, generally involve opening up a larger portion of the roof than just where the leak is. Whether it’s replacing the surrounding shingles or extending a patch of the protective underlayment, it exposes the framework and at times the attic. When there is steady water coming down while this exposure is happening it allows that water to freely access the otherwise protected areas and can cause way more damage in a short period of time than would be caused by the leak if left for a few days. Think of it like a leaky pipe. You recognize your pipe is leaking, and you know you need to replace a portion of the pipe to fix it. You don’t want to replace that portion of the pipe while the water is running though, this would cause water to get everywhere, and would cause the repair to be harder to complete because you would be battling an extra force. While it’s not an exact analogy, it’s an easy way to see the trouble of repairing leaks in the rain.

Which takes us to “when” can it be done. Rain doesn’t necessarily mean all repairs are stopped. If it’s on and off light showers, many field, skylight, and flashing repairs can still be done. Some repairs that are more surface repairs and are small can even be done in heavier rain. But for more complicated repairs or repairs in water vulnerable spots like troughs and valleys, or repairs in which you are replacing everything down to the plywood, it’s best to go with a completely rain free day to complete the work! Don’t stress about trying to figure it out on your own though. Listen to and trust your roofer to know when it’s safe to do the repair.

Lastly we come to “what” can you do. My first advice is DON’T panic! Being able to explain your situation calmly to a roofer, and being able to listen to any advice they have for you is going to be one of the most valuable things for you. Another thing you can do is take precautionary measures. Placing buckets to catch the drip can be helpful, especially if you are able to place them in the attic and catch the leak at the highest point, minimizing internal damage. Tarping can also help minimize the water getting in, however don’t tarp your roof if you have to nail or staple the tarp, as this can make holes in the roof and create even more leaks!

Hopefully some of those questions have been answered for you, leaving you more confident as a homeowner and ready to face any leak that comes your way!

Hanging Christmas Lights WITHOUT Damaging the Roof!

December 2, 2015

Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas season has officially started! One of the most common ways of showing Christmas spirit is decorating your home with lights! Whether you go all out, leaving not an inch of your home unlit, or you prefer the simple single strand look, it’s guaranteed you DON’T want to ruin your roof in the process. Unfortunately it is far too common for the festivity of the season to end with leaks, damaged shingles, or a variety of other roof ailments. It doesn’t have to be this way though! It is very possible to have a Merry Christmas AND a happy roof! Click Here to read what some professionals have to say about correctly and safely hanging Christmas lights.

 

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We are Thankful for YOU!

November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from the team here at Northwest Roof Maintenance! We wanted to take a minute to say Thank you!

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– Thank you for trusting us to work on your roof. We know that a roof is important, it provides you with shelter and security. It’s not an easy decision deciding who to entrust with taking care of it, and we thank everyone who chose us!

– Thank you for your patience and understanding. Whether it’s due to wind or rain, we’ve had some busy spurts this year where we might not be able to get to each job as soon as we’d have liked. We want to thank everyone for their patience with this!

– Thank you for telling others about us! We truly appreciate all the referrals and reviews we have received this year! It is always encouraging to hear positive feedback!

– Thank you for the constructive feedback. While positive feedback is nice, we also are grateful to everyone who took the time to let us know how we can improve! Our goal is to provide %100 satisfaction with each and every customer, and it is your feedback that helps get us closer to that goal!

– THANK YOU! Thank you for everything else that we haven’t mentioned but we really should say thank you for!

 

We hope that you have a very happy Thanksgiving and that you too are able to look back at this year and think of many things to be thankful for! Have a wonderful Holiday!

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Inspecting Your Roof for Leaks

November 18, 2015

Unfortunately, leaking roofs are far more common than would be preferable for homeowners. Sometimes a leak makes itself known by an annoying drip…drip…drip…. Other times we see the signs of damage indicating the leak, such as bubbling paint or dark spots on the ceiling. The tricky thing about leaks, is just because the water is showing up in the exact center of your living room, the leak could actually be originating somewhere entirely different on the roof and finding it’s way to where you see it via the roof, the rafters, the insulation, etc… So what can you do? Check out this helpful article on checking your roof for leaks or this previous post on checking for leaks. Of course, you also have the option of having a consultant come and diagnose the cause of your leak. At Northwest Roof Maintenance we will provide you with a free inspection and estimate if you are seeing evidence of leaking! Call us at 360-910-8938 OR 503-740-4808 !

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The Low Down on Pressure Washing

November 11, 2015

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From “Best Home in the Neighborhood” contests to thousands of articles online with titles like “Most Beautiful Homes in America” and “How to make your Home Look Appealing” the evidence is everywhere that people want to live somewhere that looks nice. Of course some aspects of maintaining a home aren’t just about appearance, but also about extending the life of your home. For example, roof cleanings. Leaving moss and debris on your roof can eventually cause leaking and deterioration. Here at Northwest Roof Maintenance we want to help you keep that from happening. One of the most common solutions people jump to for this problem is pressure washing the roof, but this isn’t always the best option, and even when it is you shouldn’t go into it blindly! Here are 8 tips and things you should know if you are thinking about getting your roof pressure washed.

 

1. First off, if you have a composition shingle roof – DON’T pressure wash it. The high pressure on the shingles can loosen the granules and cause unnecessary wear and tear. Instead, opt for a brush off, a gentler option for removing the moss build up.

2. In general, pressure washing won’t hurt your tile roof. In most cases, pressure washing your tile roof will be yoDirty Tileur only option to get it looking clean again. There are some exceptions, if your tile is old and/or brittle, it might not be recommended to use pressure on the roof. You can always ask a roofing professional to look at your roof and determine if a pressure washing is recommended, and if not, what your options are.

3. It’s completely fine to pressure wash in the rain. While the rain can affect some repairs and roof maintenance, it doesn’t matter whether it’s raining during your pressure wash or not. You are already putting large amounts of pressurized water on your roof, just view the rain as a little extra rinse.

4. Pressure washing isn’t as simple as it seems and for best results you should have a professional do it. From uneven strokes causing highlights on your roof, to pressure washing over the house and ending up with Zebra stripes, your best bet is to go with a professional to get the clean even look you are wanting.

5. Pressure washing is messy. While the end result may be a beautifully clean roof, the process is not so beautiful. All of the moss and dirt that’s on your roof is getting mixed with water and coming off your roof, which means it’s going to go somewhere. Our crews will put tarps down below the roof line to catch as much of the dirty water as they can, but it’s not perfect. Some mud and water will still get on anything below the roof line, such as plants, furniture, or walkways. So go into it prepared, don’t schedule to have it done the day out of town company arrives, in fact I would give yourself a few days buffer before any big events at your home.

Pressure Wash 16. Just because it’s messy doesn’t mean it’s hopeless. There are things you can do to help minimize the mess made. – Move vehicles out of the driveway and therefore out of the way of mess. – Make sure all windows are closed so the mess stays outside! – Move any potted plants or patio furniture away (really anything that can damaged by dirt and water) either under a covered area or a good distance away from the roof line.

7. If you have a skylight there is a chance that water will get into your home. Due to the high pressure and direction of the water flow, sometimes water leaks in through the seams of a skylight during a pressure washing. This does not necessarily mean that there is a problem with your skylight or that your skylight will leak when the rain comes. However, knowing that there is a possibility of water getting in during the pressure wash, we recommend laying plastic over the area beneath any skylights.

8. Communicate BEFORE the pressure wash. If you have fears or concerns get answers about them before they become a reality. Whatever your questions are, ask them. Most companies would rather alleviate fears and know expectations before doing the job than have an upset customer after the job is done.

 

Hopefully these are helpful as you prepare to take care of your roof! If you are interested in a professional opinion of what would be best for your roof set up a free estimate with Northwest Roof Maintenance, Inc. Give us a call at 360-910-8938 OR 503-740-4808.

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