Spring brings with it warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, more sunlight, and unfortunately, pollen. Here in Alabama, pesky pollen coats our cars, outdoor furniture, and porches with a thick yellow covering from March throughout April and into May. But what about your roof? How do the falling pollen and leaves affect it and what can you do about it? Keep reading to learn more.
Breathe Easier with a Pollen-Free Roof
Pollen is unsightly as it falls and settles on surfaces. It’s not only unsightly, it can compromise the integrity of the structure. When pollen is left to sit on your roof and collect, it can cause problems down the road. Firstly, it can stain the roof, creating streaks and hurting your curb appeal. It can also make the house look old and dated. Secondly, and more importantly, layers and layers of pollen can create a slippery situation, which can be especially dangerous for homeowners who then try to climb on their roofs. Reducing the amount of pollen on the outside of your home can also help reduce the amount of pollen that makes its way inside your home, helping those with allergies live more comfortably.
Maintaining the Life of Your Roof
Keeping your roof free of pollen, leaves and other debris is extremely important. As leaves fall and build up near valleys, drains, and gutters, they can keep the water from flowing and draining as intended. This backflow and buildup of water can compromise the integrity of the roof. Water collects and pools where it’s not supposed to, which can lead to leaks, rot, and mold. Leaves can also build up in downspouts, blocking the flow of water down and out. Limiting the potential for moldy situations also helps those within your home who suffer from allergies. However, getting on a ladder and climbing on a roof to clean gutters can be extremely dangerous, so call a professional if you have any doubts.
If you have a metal roof, keeping it clean of pollen and other debris is extremely important. A buildup of pollen can contribute to the deterioration of the acrylic layer. A heavy fog or otherwise humid day can make sitting pollen and dust sticky, and heavy rain won’t necessarily wash it all off — a sudsy solution may be required to completely rid the roof of substances. Contact a local professional for a soft wash to ensure everything is removed. Letting professionals take care of maintenance items like soft-washing and gutter cleaning can also help with the warranty of your roof.
Call Ridgeline Construction for your Roofing Needs
If you’re looking for a knowledgeable team to help with your roofing, siding, or gutter project, the professionals at Ridgeline Construction are here to help. It’s best to tackle small projects before they become part of a larger problem. Our team is happy to discuss financing options to help make your project affordable. Whether you are in Huntsville, Mobile, Pensacola, Tampa, or Athens, we are standing by and ready to help. Contact us online today for a free quote!