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If you think your roof looks lousy, then it might be time to contact a Fort Worth roofing contractor about a replacement. However, you may discover that your roofing system just needs some cleaning up. Debris and stains on the roof can be unsightly, but they do not necessarily mean the roof is damaged.

The three most common contributors to an ugly roof are debris from trees (such as leaves, bark, pine cones, and nuts), algae that forms from long exposure to moisture, and matted moss. The first two issues are mainly cosmetic; although, leaving tree debris on the roof for long periods of time will reduce the lifespan of shingles and lead to leaks. Moss is a serious issue and must be addressed promptly.

You can use your hands, a broom, or even a garden rake to get the leaves, sticks, and other debris off of the roof. You must be careful, however, when climbing a ladder and walking or sitting on the roof. Use extra caution if there are many leaves on the roof, because they can be slippery.

Algae are often present on the roof in the form of black stripes or stains. These stains are more of an eyesore than a risk to the performance of the roof. Nevertheless, they detract from the home's curb appeal. Thankfully, it is easy to kill algae with a variety of products you can at a home improvement store.

The roofing companies experts at Total Roofing of Ft Worth TX can answer questions about gutters or roof maintenance.

Many people like to mix their own homemade cleaners, such as bleach or dish soap and water. These can be combined in a garden sprayer, sprayed onto the roof, and rinsed off with a garden hose. Just remember that working on a roof is always risky for nonprofessionals, and a wet, soapy roof can be particularly dangerous.

Moss is a bigger concern than algae due to its ability to trap moisture, form a dam, and force water under the shingles of the roof. Removing moss from your roof is not all that different than removing algae, but you will need a professionally developed product capable of killing moss without damaging shingles. You can find these in the garden center at your local home improvement store and follow the instructions on the manufacturer's label.

One final, but important, word of caution for roof cleaning is to never use a pressure washer on your roof. This is a temptation that must be avoided. Pressure washing can damage your roof's shingles and quickly blast water into your attic. It may seem like an easy way to clean the surface of your roof, but it actually just a quick way to ensure a roof replacement is needed.

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