Don’t Let a Dirty Roof Turn Away Prospective Buyers
In the rush to dispel clutter, clean every square inch, and make sure the lawn looks green and inviting. Homeowners who are making preparations to sell often completely forget about a part of their home that will be visible in every exterior marketing photo, and from the curb. This part of the home is the roof – one of the hardest working, and most
expensive parts of the average home.
Appearances are important when selling a home
Because today’s roofing materials are higher in quality than they once were, a home’s
existing roof may have decades of wear left before it will need replaced. If, however, the
roof’s surface is marred by stains and dirt or coated with rotting leaves or a layer of moss, buyers may automatically assume the roof is in poor condition and lose interest in the home. No matter how clean, neat, and attractive the interior of the home is, buyers who are turned off by the appearance of the roof may change their mind about viewing it, causing the seller to lose out on a potential offer.
Small issues can quickly morph into expensive problems
Another concern about a dirty, unkept roof is the potential for underlying problems to
develop. This is especially true when leaves, acorns, and other debris settle into the low
points of the roof where seams are located. Over time, this debris can become saturated
with rain and even more solidly packed, working its way under the shingles and into
flashed areas where it can cause leaks to form.
When this type of build up is allowed to stay on the roof for long periods the potential for damage can become even worse. Moisture and exposure to the sun can cause the layers to act like a compost pile, which decomposes organic matter and turns it into rich soil.
During the composting process, the materials will produce a surprising amount of heat
that can cause even more damage to the roof.
If not quickly corrected by cleaning away the build up of organic matter and allowing the
surface to dry, the heat may cause damage to the roofing material and the supports
underneath. For the homeowner, this means an increased risk of interior leaks, moisture
damage to insulation, wood, and drywall and even an increased risk of mold, mildew, as well as Algae issues.
Good selling experiences start with a clean roof
Sellers who take time to make sure that their home’s roof is clean and attractive will be
helping to boost their curb appeal and make sure that buyers want to see what is inside. If the roof appears to be coated with just dust or pollen, it may be possible to use a garden hose or portable air compressor with a wand attachment to rinse or blow away dust and dirt and make the roof look neat and clean.
Homes that have had dirty roofs for some time, or those that have sap or rust stains,
however, will need a more intense approach to cleaning. A professional roof cleaning
company like Apple Roof Cleaning is usually the best option for this type of situation because we have the equipment and cleaning solutions necessary to remove dirt and stains, without harming the roofing materials.