Your roof is brand new and you want it to last as long as possible. Unfortunately, you can't always protect it from winds, rain or snow. However, there are still things you can do to help it last longer. In fact, with proper care, your new roof should last at least 20 years. Here are two tips that will help protect your roof.

Clear Away the Debris

If you have trees near your home, you're going to end up with debris on the roof. When piles of leaves and pine needles sit on your roof for too long, they can damage your roof. One way is by creating the perfect environment for insects to build nests. When that happens, they can chew their way through your roofing material and into your home.

Another way is by creating moisture, which can loosen the adhesive on your shingles. Unfortunately, moisture can lead to mold growth. Once mold starts growing on your roof, it can destroy your shingles and make its way into your home.

Get Rid of the Mold

As described above, moisture on your roof can lead to mold growth. While you're removing the debris, you should inspect for mold. Check along the seams and under any loose shingles you might find. If you find mold, you'll need to clean your roof as soon as possible. If you do find mold growing on your roof, you'll need to clean it as soon as possible. Luckily, mold is easy to remove if you catch it quickly enough. Here are some easy instructions for getting rid of mold. 

Supplies You'll Need

  • Garden sprayer
  • 3 cups chlorine bleach
  • 1 cup laundry detergent
  • 3 gallons hot water
  • Garden hose
  • Slip-resistant shoes
  • Push broom
  • Ladder

Directions

  1. Fill your sprayer with hot water.
  2. Add the bleach and laundry detergent.
  3. Put on your slip-resistant shoes
  4. Use your ladder to access your roof.
  5. Beginning at the bottom edge of the roof, begin spraying a small your roof with the cleaning solution.
  6. Spray one small section at a time.
  7. Use your push broom to work the bleach solution into the shingles.
  8. Continue the process until you've scrubbed the entire roof.
  9. Use the hose to rinse the bleach solution off the roof.

You want to keep your roof in good condition. The instructions provided above will help you keep your roof clean and well-maintained. For serious problems, such as loose or missing shingles, be sure to contact a roofing contractor such as Davis & Winslow Roofing.

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