1. Clear Away DebrisThroughout the year, your roof will accumulate different kinds and amounts of debris. For example, during the spring, you may notice scattered piles of seeds, twigs, or grass along your roof. In the fall, you may see small branches and piles of leaves across the entire structure. If you leave this debris on your roof, it will collect moisture from fall rains and winter snows. The more moisture the debris retains, the greater the risk for mold, algae growth, and rot. Use a sturdy ladder to climb onto your roof. Use a broom or air blower to remove the leaves and twigs from your roof. Spend a little extra time cleaning out the valleys of your roof, since leaves are more likely to stick in these corner crevices. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this cleanup yourself, call a roofing professional to perform the service
You love the idea of your home covered in lush green vines. Houses covered in ivy look romantic, picturesque, or classic, and the greenery makes the buildings stand out in their neighborhoods.
However, ivy isn't for everyone. While ivy looks beautiful, it can damage your home-and if you change your mind about ivy, it's highly difficult to remove.
If you're not sure if ivy is for you, keep reading. This blog will cover when ivy works, when it doesn't, and how to remove it if it's already climbing all over your home.
When Is Ivy Okay?
Usually, you see ivy growing on homes with brick walls. If your house is not too old, has mortar between the bricks, and is in good condition, the ivy will probably be fine. While ivy does sink roots into existing cracks, it can't usually make new fissures in the brick. Your solidly constructed walls should be able to support the ivy without getting damaged.
When Is Ivy a Problem?
Generally, any wall that is not newer brick in good condition should not have ivy. Avoid the following:
- Siding. If you have any kind of siding, ivy is not for you. The roots will work their way into the seams, widening them dangerously. Your siding could sustain a lot of damage.
- Old or damaged brick. If the brick or mortar is already weak, the ivy's roots will further deteriorate it. The roots could widen t
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