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  • Writer's pictureApril Dacas, VP

Proper Cleaning and Maintenance of Your Roof


Very few structures and buildings exist without a solid roof. A roof is a vital part of your home’s structure and strength; it provides shelter from the elements, helps to maintain the temperature inside your home, and increases your property’s overall value. However, a roof needs to be properly cleaned and maintained to provide you the protection that you need.

Time, the elements, and damage from storms and high winds can all do damage to your roof. Regardless of what materials your roof is comprised of, at some point, you’ll need to clean and care for it to avoid costly repairs. Collaborating with your local roofing professionals is an excellent strategy for minor maintenance and yearly inspections, but what must you do in the meantime to ensure that your roof is doing its job? Taking these steps will save you both valuable time and money as you work to protect your most valuable asset--your home.

Roof care strategies for homeowners

You don’t necessarily have to hop on your roof and walk its steep slopes to care for it proactively; follow these simple strategies to keep your roof clean and free from debris on the daily:

  • Regularly inspect your roof from the ground. It takes so little time to walk the perimeter of your home and check your shingles or tiles from the ground; in doing so, you’ll be able to make a quick assessment of any noticeable changes to its structure. Do you see loose shingles? Broken tiles? Missing flashings? Is there debris on the ground around your home? If you notice any of these issues, contact your roofing professional to thoroughly assess your roof and property to ensure its ongoing security.

  • Keep foliage trimmed around your roofline. Low-growing trees and branches that hang across your roof can trap moisture and cause the growth of moss and other fungi that can damage your roof. Having this debris cleared will ensure that your roof stays clear and maintains its structure and strength. If you find that your roof has developed mold, moss, or fungal overgrowth, take steps to remove it safely.

  • Remove debris accrued from storms and high winds. We often don’t see damage from storm debris until after it has been cleared. A roof rake will be able to handle the removal of most debris from your roof, allowing you to assess it for damage. Roofs that are considered too steep or too high for individual access will need to be cleared by a professional roofing contractor to avoid personal injury and damage to your structure.

  • Schedule regular inspections of your home, roof, and surrounding property. At least yearly, schedule a routine inspection of your roof to ensure that all its components are in good working order. Detecting minor weaknesses now can save on huge repair bills if damage is left unchecked; take care of these minor issues and follow care suggestions given by roofing professionals to extend the life of your roof.

  • When in doubt, call in a professional! If you are not trained to recognize weaknesses and make repairs yourself, call in a qualified roofing professional to assess your roof and make recommendations to fortify and protect your investment.

Len’s Roofing: The Professionals You Can Trust

Experience confidence and peace of mind that comes with hiring a qualified roofing company; Len’s Roofing professionals have been exceeding customer expectations and providing quality service for over twenty-five years. Attention to detail, customized repair plans, and affordable pricing options ensure that you get work done that will add to the value of your home. Contact us today for a comprehensive assessment of your roof; visit for more information or call us at 941-896-7897.


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