If you’ve taken note of the black streaks on your roof then you’re probably already in the process of trying to locate a qualified roof cleaning company or an effective cleaning solution to use on your own. I have a bit of crummy news for you, however. The cold, hard truth is that there really aren’t any very good roof cleaning products on the market at the moment.
This witch’s brew for roof cleaning is easy to make. You’ll just need to mix equal parts liquid household bleach and water in a very large plastic container or tub. If the roof has a steep pitch then you might also add a cup of liquid laundry detergent. If the stains don’t come off during the first round you can gradually increase the ratio of bleach or chlorine until the desired results are achieved.
Wood shingles are beautiful. This is a classic roofing material that ages and weathers to a beautiful gray or silver. If installed properly wood shingles can last 30 to 50 years. This roofing material, however, has some drawbacks. First, it’s not fireproof. Second, it’s expensive to install and often requires maintenance, such as washing to remove mildew and application of new oil. If this is your roofing material of choice, make sure your contractor is knowledgeable about shingle selection and installation.
Some area local building codes require the installation of Drip Edge and Rake Edge and other building codes do not. Check with your local city building offices to find out. In Alberta for example, the Building Code does not require the installation of Drip edge or Rake edge. Therefore many new homes and/or low budget roof systems do not have drip edge installed in order roofing contractors to allow for more affordable roof prices. We recommend however that Drip edge and Rake edge be installed on every Roof System, no exceptions.
Check licenses, certifications and trade group affiliation. Make sure they are properly licensed and/or certified to do the work by the book according to either the National Roofing Contractors Association, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, or any other state or local organization. Check the local Better Business Bureau for any complaints and how long they roofing companies have been in the business.
No Roof Left Behind started in just Fulton County and now has grown. The need for dependable roofing for those in needs has grown tremendously and so Dr. Roof has needed more help with the contracting and has opened it up to other dependable contractors to help.
For those who are afraid of heights, roofing may not be the best project to tackle. However, even those who have no problem getting up on a latter should take heed of safety hazards. When the proper safety precautions are taken, then there is less chance of getting hurt. For example, when everyone working on the roof is wearing safety glasses and a hard hat, they are keeping themselves protected from unexpected hazards like falling pieces of wood or nails falling through the air. In addition, roofers should properly brace themselves in order to prevent slipping and falling off the structure.