If you’re reading this, you might’ve noticed your shingles looking a little different lately. Usually, when your roof isn’t looking as attractive or new as it once was, it’s due for a spring cleaning. When you have dark streaks or other extensive blemishes, professional roofers can diagnose and treat the problem so your roof looks good as new again. And by doing the more manageable tasks like regular gutter cleaning and soft washes, you can prolong the life of your roof. Here, we’ll discuss the importance of regular cleaning, do’s and don’ts, how to clean roof shingles and a few safety tips before you start your spring roof and gutter cleaning.
My Roof Is Dirty. Should I Clean It?Weather causes wear and tear on your roof, especially over a harsh winter, and moss can thicken and spread over its shingles with the added moisture buildup. If you notice mold, algae or other unrecognizable spots on your roof’s surface, the best thing you can do is address them immediately before they become a more significant issue. Buckling or curling shingles may be the result of excess water. When the shingles rise, wind can blow debris into areas where it doesn’t belong and potentially rot the wood. You can protect your home from ceiling leaks by cleaning your roof and preventing buckling or curling shingles. Regularly maintaining your roof and staying on top of cleaning will prevent the brown or black streaks of black mold on asphalt shingles. Mildew is another visible health concern, appearing as powdery spots on your roof in shades from pink to dark black. While mold and mildew are treatable, they can be tricky to remove. Keeping your roof clean will help you prevent them instead, keeping your home healthier. While you can take care of spring cleaning chores such as routine gutter cleaning, it’s best to have professionals take care of the more extensive shingle cleaning at least once a year. Professionals will use the best methods to clean your roof while repairing minor issues, saving you time and money in the long run.
- Can you power wash your roof? No, you shouldn’t use a power washer on your roof. Pressure washing can loosen the shingles and damage your roof, leading to more costly and time-consuming repairs later on.
- What is the best cleaner for roof shingles? The best cleaner for asphalt roof shingles is a mixture of equal parts water, bleach and chlorine.
- How do I clean roof moss? You’ll need to scrub away moss on your roof using a mixture of two cups of chlorine bleach in two gallons of water. You can also call a roofing professional to remove it.
Do’s and Don’ts of Roof CleaningBelow are a few roof cleaning tips, including what to use to clean roof shingles and what to avoid to keep your roof looking spotless.
Do’s of Roof Cleaning
- Do: Use the correct ingredients to clean your roof. If you try to clean your roof with ingredients that aren’t appropriate for the shingle material, they can harm the surface. Make sure you conduct some research to determine the right ingredients for your particular roof.
- Do: Use a soft wash technique to clean dirt and algae from your rooftop. Combine your cleaning ingredients in a sprayer attached to your garden hose and allow the mixture to sit on your roof’s surface for up to 20 minutes. Rinse with clean water for a shiny roof that’s good as new.
- Do: Get proactive by cutting back any branches that might drop leaves and other debris onto your roof. By removing overhanging branches you can promote a sunnier roof that dissuades mold or mildew growth and protect it from future issues down the road.
- Do: Call experts for extensive cleaning tasks. Professionals will safely assess and clean your roof so it’s as good as new. It’s dangerous to attempt a roof cleaning on your own, especially if it’s at a slope.
Don’ts of Roof Cleaning
- Don’t: Attempt to clean your shingles independently or without slip-resistant shoes.
- Don’t: Allow algae or mold to grow on your roof for too long before addressing it. If you notice small areas covered by algae or mold, safely remove them on your own or call your contractor for assistance.
- Don’t: Allow your upper roof gutters to drain onto your lower roof. Ask your contractor to extend the downspout on your upper roof gutter into the lower gutter so that rainwater drains properly, promoting a dry and healthy rooftop.
Safety Tips for Roof CleaningWhen you’re taking care of smaller spring chores like gutter cleaning, always take the proper safety precautions before starting:
- Let someone know you’re cleaning your gutters or have a friend or family member assist you.
- Wear gloves to protect yourself from bacteria that might be in your gutter.
- Wear proper eye protection to shield your eyes from fallen debris.
- Wear shoes with slip-resistant soles.
- Use a safe and sturdy ladder.
- Rake twigs and leaves from your rooftop before attempting to clear the gutters.
- Use a plastic gutter scooping tool that will form to your gutter to precisely reach and scoop out the debris.