Your roof shields your building from the outside elements, it plays a key role in keeping your building cool in the summer and warm in the winter, it contributes to HVAC equipment operating efficiency, and protects building occupants from health risks. While you may appreciate the value of roof maintenance for your building, have you ever considered the importance of regular roof cleaning? By cleaning your roof, you are not only beautifying your asset. You are also removing dirt and debris, preventing mold, algae and other organic matter growth, and restoring roof reflectivity performance.
Here is a look at what you are protecting when you invest in roof cleaning.
Protect Your Employees’ Health
With a dirty, unmaintained roof, the conditions for mold, algae and other organic matter growth can occur, leading to serious building occupant health risks. Mold and dampness are known to be associated with the following health issues:
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
- Respiratory infections
Without a regular, professional cleaning, algae and mold may find a hospitable location to grow on your commercial roof. Mold can travel from the roof through the HVAC system and affect your building’s air quality. This can contribute to building occupant reporting respiratory issues and liability for you.
Protect Your Building’s Health
Despite being one of the most important components of your building, it is easy to miss roof problems. Regular cleaning can help professionals identify roofing system deterioration before it becomes a roof performance issues. If caught early, roofing issues are typically easy and inexpensive to repair but if left unaddressed, they will only get worse over time. And we all know that roofing failures are enormously disruptive and costly.
Protect Your Building’s Productivity
Your energy efficiency is tied to your roof. If your HVAC system is overloaded, your dirty roof could be the cause. Dirty roofs reflect less sunlight and absorb more heat placing a higher burden on HVAC systems and building energy consumption in the summer months. Likewise, dirt and mold can enter your HVAC system and creating a strain on its effectiveness and functionality.