So, your in-laws are coming to stay with you this weekend and so it is time for hyper cleaning mode to kick in. Shove the toys in the kids’ closet, dump a bottle of bleach over the entire bathroom, scrub your kitchen until it looks newer than the day you moved in, laundry in and out…the process can be exhausting. However, at the end of the day you realize that maybe you have overlooked one of the most important elements of your home. The structure that hangs over your head protecting you day and night and fending off any outside intrusions, also needs a little TLC every now and then.
Roof cleaning might not be a habit for everyone, but it will make a huge difference. Roofs can be pricey to replace, and a few simple care techniques can help a roof to last much longer. Here are a few common dos and don’ts of roof cleaning.
DON’T: Don’t wait for a storm damage to let you know you need to inspect your roof.
DO: Conduct regular self inspections to be aware of your roof’s condition. The spring is a great season for a regular roof cleaning because you will have just overcame the harsher weather conditions of the winter. Snow, hail, wind, and rain can all leave a roof slightly damaged or maybe just dirty.
DON’T: Don’t clean your roof on a hot, sunny day. This might seem counter-intuitive, especially if you’re working on that tan. However, the heat will evaporate your bleach solution and the cleaning won’t be as effective.
DO: Wait for an overcast day without rain to get up on your roof and give it a thorough cleaning.
DON’T: Use a pressure washer to clean your roof. You might find mixed reviews on this one. A pressure washer, although it is an effective tool for blasting away debris, is too powerful for the delicate shingles on your roof.
DO: It is much better to use a regular sprayer and mix together a bleach solution to rid your roof of algae stains, debris, and any fungal life that might be developing underneath the surface.
DON’T: Don’t be disappointed if algae is not completely removed after your first wash. Some stains, depending on how much moss or algae has grown, might leave some residue after the first washing.
DO: Have confidence that you can beat them eventually. It is safe to try one more washing to make sure you have loosened up everything you can. (Be careful not to re-wash more than once because you do not want to discolor your shingles with the bleach.) After that, keep a close eye after the next rainstorm to see if the rain has washed any any leftover algae.
DON’T: Get up on your roof without taking the time to analyze the conditions first and take necessary safety precautions.
DO: Trim back any trees that might be visibly dropping debris onto your roof. This is not only a safety hazard for yourself, but also for your roof.