Roof Cleaning, Repair & Replacement in Arlington, WA
Falling leaves, rainy days, critters all around… Is your roof protecting you and your family from the outside elements? A solid, maintained roof is important this day and age for a variety of reasons: algae/moss/lichens can cause wood rot, ensure your insurance company doesn’t cancel your homeowner’s policy and to keep up the appearance of your home. Learn more about Alpine Roof Care’s roof cleaning, repair & replacement services and keep you, your family and your home protected year round in Arlington, WA.
Regular, professional roof cleaning not only keeps your home beautiful but also extends the life of your home’s most critical element – the roof. But keeping your roof clean goes beyond the basic dirt and debris removal. The real danger lurks when black streaks or other discolorations begin to appear on the shingles of your home’s roof. What are some of the more common and damaging entities?
- Algae – The official name for these black streaks is Gloeocapsa Magma or, more commonly known as mold or fungus. This algae feeds off the limestone in your roof’s shingles – especially in areas that see more shade. Meaning, algae is literally eating away at your roof.
- Lichens – When algae and fungus combine, are more damaging entity forms – lichens. Lichens are a particularly damaging fungus that wraps its roots around shingle’s granules while feeding on algae nutrients and shingle filler. Once established on your roof, lichens are very difficult to remove.
- Moss – Different from algae and lichens, moss is an actual plant with a root system. In moist cold areas, much like the Pacific Northwest, moss will thrive given our wet conditions almost year round. Roof shingles are prone to curling due to moss growth and, when frozen, moss can cause additional cracking and damage.
Algae, lichens and moss not only are unsightly, but ultimately lead more costly repairs and a shorter overall lifespan. Roof cleaning should be left to the professionals. If not done correctly, a roof cleaning can cause more harm than good leading to premature roof replacements.
A leak in your home is not only annoying, but can be a sign of a larger structural issue. If caught soon enough, a leak can be a quick, minor repair. What are common leak culprits?
- Cracked Vent – Improperly sealed vents is a common issue leading to roof leaks. The gaskets around the vent pipes may be cracked, gapping or have missing nails – allowing rain into your home. Plastic vents are particularly prone to cracking after years of exposure to the elements.
- Valley Seal – The section where two planes of a roof come together is called the valley – an area especially prone to leaks. Improper sealing, cracking or rain/ice may be the cause of leaks.
- Damaged Shingles – The growth of algae, lichens and/or moss can quickly lead to the deterioration of your shingles. By feeding off the shingle limestone filler, your shingles wear down more quickly.
- Missing Shingles – Notice different colored patches on your roof? Likely means you’re missing some shingles. Typically, this happens after a bout of heavy winds or rain. Shingles damaged by algae, lichen or moss are more vulnerable during inclement weather.
- Cracked Chimney – Leaks can also originate from issues with your chimney. Wear and tear along the mud cap or holes in the mortared joints are typical causes of leaks in this area.
Don’t delay in fixing any roof leaks. Those minor leaks can quickly turn into more major structural damage – leading to more costly repairs.
There comes a time when all homes need a full roof replacement. At Alpine Roof Care, we try to keep costs to a minimum but a full roof replacement may be recommended ensure the safety and longevity of your home. How do you do know when the time for a full roof replacement has come?
- Roof Age – How old is your roof? If well maintained, roofs typically last 20 to 25 years and slightly longer for metal or tile roofs. Any older and it’s a shoe in for a full replacement.
- Loss Of Granules – While a damaged shingle or two can easily repair, if you’re noticing overall loss of granules from your shingles, then a roof replacement maybe necessary. Without those granules, the structure of your home can become vulnerable
- Rotting Wood – A sagging or drooping roof line is a sure sign of rotting issues. Before the issue becomes pronounced, as full replacement is needed.
Don’t panic though. If your roof is younger that 20 years, there maybe steps we can take to implement repairs rather than full replacements. Contact us today for a free estimate to determine the best course of action.