Extend the Life of Your Roof: 5 Roof Maintenance Myths Debunked

Did you know that power washing is one of the worst things you can do for your roof? Contrary to popular belief, it can cause major damage and shorten the life of your roof. To help homeowners take the best care possible of their roofs, we’ve decided to debunk this myth as well as a few more common, and potentially very costly, roof maintenance myths.

Myth # 1: Power washing is good for your roof to it keep clean and free of algae.

On the contrary, power washing is extremely damaging. Too much pressure forces water behind your siding and under your shingles, which can result in mold and mildew growth. Additionally pressure washing strips the protective granules from asphalt shingles, leaving your roof with less protection from the elements of sun, rain and wind. Even though the damage may not be immediately evident, pressure washing will shorten the life of your roof.

Myth #2: If I can’t see damage, there is no damage.

Just because you’ve never had a leak or can’t see damage, doesn’t mean everything is fine. It’s wise to have your roof professionally inspected regularly. At Reliant we recommend annual or biannual inspections so areas of concern can be addressed sooner rather than later, saving the homeowner money in the long run by addressing small issues before they become big ones.

Myth #3: The sun won’t hurt the roof.

Just as ultraviolet radiation can prematurely age your skin, so too it plays a large role in aging roof shingles. The sun’s UV rays breakdown the molecular structure of a roof gradually over time. To slow the decay of your roof we recommend you perform regular maintenance, such as keeping drains open, and make sure rooftop equipment is working properly. Also, avoid walking on your roof if you don’t need to.

Myth #4: A metal roof will increase the likelihood of your house getting struck by lightening.

It’s true that metal conducts electricity, however electricity is not drawn to metal. Since metal roofs are non-combustible, they may actually be safer.

Myth #5: Gutters are not related to roof maintenance.

Gutters and roofs go hand in hand to protect your house, especially from water damage. Not tending to gutters properly can create roof issues in no time. Gutters are sometimes mistakenly viewed as an entirely different system than the roof and not given the care needed to keep them working properly. While the roof is the primary barrier to keep water out, the majority of that water goes directly to the gutters. If gutter seams are not airtight or the drip edge isn’t properly affixed, you could end up with serious gutter, roof or foundation problems.

If you have any concerns about your roof or would like to schedule a maintenance inspection, call Reliant Roofing today, 904-657-0880.