Pollen season is here and yes, it’s messy! You can see it everywhere – yellow and green pollen particles fall on your car, your house, your patio – it's never-ending! It gets especially bad here in Tampa Bay, and if left to clump and dry, it can cause a host of problems! Add to it leaves and other debris from past seasons and it may become an issue come Rainy season.
Your friends at Goodfriend Roofing discuss the impact of debris on your roof, and what you can do to mitigate any problems that it and pollen can cause:
Why Are Pollen & Debris On My Roof A Problem?
While pollen not only wreaks havoc on allergy sufferers during pollen season, pollen can become a BIG problem for your roof if left untreated. Visually, pollen can actually stain your roof, which can make your home look aged and dated — hurting your curb appeal.
Pollen can also become a dangerous hazard on your roof because as layers of pollen sit and dry, they turn black over time, and it can become pretty slippery up there. Washing the pollen off your roof and performing preventive maintenance periodically can help prevent this issue.
It is imperative to clean off the buildup of leaves, pollen, and dirt from your roof to keep water moving off the roof, instead of settling into places it’s not supposed to go! Plus, the extra weight from any leaves and debris can cause a problem to your overall roofing structure. Leaving dirt, pollen, and debris on your roof may mean more repair or replacement costs for your roof. With some occasional maintenance, you can help extend the life of your roof and prevent leaks.
Noticing debris build-up or rusting on your roof? Call Goodfriend Roofing at 813-579-5789 for an inspection!
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Pollen and Roof Damage
Not only can pollen create a slippery situation on your roof, but it can also build up and get underneath roof tiles and shingles. This can cause leaks and moisture issues underneath your roof, and can even lead to mold growth.
Pollen build-up also affects metal roofs and can be a factor in the deterioration of the acrylic layer on a metal roof. Over time and left untreated, this can result in a hefty repair bill and multiple headaches.
Pollen will stick more when it is foggy, misty, or humid; and unfortunately, a heavy Florida rainstorm won’t wash it all away for you. So how can you adequately clean your roof to prevent damage to your roof?
Soft washing or scrubbing with water and soap can be a great way to clean your roof, but we generally recommend hiring a professional to clean it as it can be dangerous to climb up on your roof especially when water is involved!
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Keeping Your Roof Clean Can Help Improve Allergies
Reducing pollen, dirt, and other debris build-up from your roof can be a life saver for those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies. Keeping your roof, porch, windows, and doors clean and clear of pollen can help keep the pollen from entering your home. Which can help alleviate allergy symptoms.
Mold can also trigger many allergies, so it’s also important to keep your roof and gutters free from any buildup that wouldn’t allow water to exit or flow off your roof properly. Removing dead leaves from the foundation and gutters of your house will also help, as if leaves are left to rot they become a breeding ground for mold growth.
While we can’t help with cleaning your gutters or foundation, we can help keep your roof in great condition. Or if the debris has caused damage, we’ll fix the issue before it becomes a larger problem. Call us today at 813-579-5789!
Maintain Your Roof With the Help of a Goodfriend
Cleaning and performing preventative maintenance is key to extending the lifespan of your roof, and in turn, keeping your family safe and secure. During pollen season, it is essential to clean the pollen from your roof for the health of your family, and your roof – so let Goodfriend Roofing be your first line of defense against the power of pollen!