Roof Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your Roof

Roofs are expensive and provide one of the most important functions of all your home’s components.  These roof maintenance tips include both tasks that might be able to done by the homeowner as well as some best left to a pro.  Regardless, all roof maintenance will help extend the life of your valuable roof.  Here are seven roof maintenance tips to extend the life of your roof. Debris Removal: Remove excess debris from the roof. Moss Removal: Treat the roof to remove moss. Exterior Roof Inspection: Visually inspect the roof. Roof Treatment: Treat your roof to prevent new moss from growing. Gutter Cleaning: Clear your gutters of debris, leaves and other materials. Interior Roof Inspection: A periodic inspection of your available attic space can be quite beneficial to extending your roof’s life. Tree Trimming: Trim back any branches that directly overhang the roof. Debris removal If getting rooftop is not within your comfort zone, you might be able to bring down some of the debris by washing downward with garden hose or pulling it down with yard rake from a “properly secured ladder”.  Note:  ladders can be every bit as dangerous as being rooftop if you are not familiar with proper ladder safety.  We recommend searching “ladder safety” on the Internet to learn the basics.

What You Need to Know About Roof Moss

If you have moss on your roof (or another similar problem, like lichens, algae or fungus) it might be tempting to ignore it. Isn’t it just a cosmetic issue, after all? The problem is that roof moss doesn’t just affect the look of your home. Roof moss can cause serious damage, and it should be addressed with the help of an experienced professional. What Is Roof Moss, and Why Is it so Bad in Portland? Moss is a type of plant that does not have pronounced roots or flowers. It’s known for growing in poor soil—or even no soil at all—and likes cool, rainy weather. Unlike flowering plants, moss is dependent upon moisture to reproduce. Moss spores, once ripened, can easily blow about. If they land in a location with enough moisture, the spores will start to grow.

Everything You Need to Know About Roof Cleaning in Portland

Most Portland homeowners never clean their roofs. Moreover, they don’t even think of it. The vast majority of homeowners in Portland, like homeowners everywhere, don’t know that roof cleaning is something they should schedule, along with gutter cleaning, chimney cleaning and furnace tune-ups. So why should they add roof cleaning to the already long list of home maintenance chores?

Is Roof Moss Bad for My Roof?

You are far from alone if you’ve noticed moss growing on your roof in the Portland area. Our damp climate promotes the growth and spread of several different types of moss. Most roof types are vulnerable to moss growth. Once moss takes hold, it holds on tightly and accumulates quickly. But how seriously should it concern you? If you let the problem slide for a while, are you risking extensive roof damage and staggering repair or replacement costs? At All Surface Cleaning, we answer these and other roof moss damage questions nearly every day. We know that Oregon homeowners must prioritize maintenance projects based on urgency level, risks and their budgets. Our roof cleaning and maintenance professionals offer clear answers based on many years of hands-on experience.

New Year Resolutions for Cleaning Your Home

Resolutions are not just for us personally, involving areas such as physical, behavioral or spiritual practices. They can also relate to how we treat and maintain our possessions. Few of us have a possession greater and more valuable than our homes. The following list is to be used as more of a road map than an absolute. The intention is not to imply that a given month is the only or even the best month to tackle this specific choir. Rather, each month’s task is part of a comprehensive plan to work through your entire house’s cleaning needs over the course of one year.  January Deep interior cleaning – dusting, vacuuming, edging, and carpet cleaning. OK, if you put up a Christmas tree and decorations, they should now be down (they are down right? If not, stop reading and do that right now!) Spring-cleaning is the commonly mentioned tradition, but few can argue that the holidays do not bring their share of dust, dirt, stains, etc. to your home. From the dust coming from decoration boxes stored in the attic or garage, to tree needles (even artificial trees shed their artificial needles!), to extra foot traffic from guests, to food and drink spills, your house needs some work when the holidays are done. I am personally always amazed at what dust or stains I see once the decorations are down. It feels great to start the year with a clean interior.

Frequently Asked Questions about Gutter Cleaning

No matter the topic, there are always some common questions regarding it. Following are answers to some of the most frequent questions asked about gutter cleaning: When is the Best Time to Perform Gutter Cleaning? There are two schools of thought; before the predominant leaf and needle fall for your area or immediately afterwards. Which works for your house has as much as to do with past practices as it does the composition of the debris and environment surrounding your home. If leaf fall is very little but it has been years since last cleaned and your gutters are already overflowing before the primary debris fall has even started, you might want to consider cleaning prior to the fall so that they have capacity for new debris.   However, if your yearly debris fall is high and a single season fills up the full capacity of the gutters, then it is best to wait for the entire debris drop before cleaning.

Top 5 Signs You Need to Have Your Gutters Repaired

Knowing the signs of a needed gutter repair can help prevent bigger, more expensive issues. Different signs point to various types of issues and distinct gutter repairs needed.  Sitting Water in Clean Gutters If you gutters have been recently cleaned and are mostly clear of debris yet water is sitting them, possibly even accumulating at the end away from the downspout, this is a sign of a mis-graded gutter. This can be the result of either a faulty initial installation of the gutters, interim damage, or possibly uneven settling of the structure itself. If the section of gutter is not excessively long or have too many corners between the primary point of sitting water and the downspout, it may be repairable. If room for adjustment is available, either one end needs raising or the other lowering.  However, if it is too long or too complex of a section, you are likely looking at need to replace the gutters.  In that situation, a second option to add an additional downspout at the site where the water accumulates might be considered.  Just make sure to plan where the drained water is to be directed because there likely won’t be a nearby underground drain.

Why Every Portland Homeowner Should Have a Roof Maintenance Plan

Two of the best reasons for having a formal roof maintenance plan are our natural inclination toward forgetfulness and procrastination.  First, we all seem to live busy lives these days. Before you know it, a year can easily pass with many chores undone. Our memories are getting taxed with a thousand different things on our “To Do” lists.  Honesty, how far up on your To Do list does your roof make it?  Likely, not very far.  While a roof isn’t necessarily out of sight, it easily becomes out of mind.  With so much on the line, it’s worth it to not risk forgetting having your roof periodically reviewed and maintained. Servicing a roof maintenance plan

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