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Should I Be Cleaning My Roof from Time to Time?

[fa icon="calendar"] Jul 18, 2017 10:08:00 AM / by Krystal Coddington

Krystal Coddington

Should I be cleaning my roof?

In the midst of your typical cleaning routine (vacuuming, dusting, dishes, laundry, mowing the lawn—maybe even washing your car), you may overlook another chore: cleaning your roof. While, yes, it is the most inconvenient place to clean—worse than squeezing the vacuum hose behind that hard-to-move couch or dresser—your roof is one of the most important features on your house. With enough untreated damage to your roof, the inside of your house can begin to suffer as well. A clean and healthy roof means a clean and healthy house.

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Where to Start When Cleaning My Roof?

To clean a roof, you can’t use a soapy paper towel like you would on your kitchen counter. Also avoid bleach and a power washer. Instead, find a noncorrosive roof-cleaning product.

Compared to a corrosive product, noncorrosive solutions are more environmentally and people-friendly. While gloves and other protective wear are always important, a noncorrosive solution is much safer to come into contact with.

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Also, you’ll want some sort of spraying tool. You can choose between hose-like tools or spray bottles. Of course, you’ll need a ladder, and for your safety, use rope to secure yourself with applying the cleaner.

What to Avoid During Roof Cleaning?

Depending on the material your roof is made of and the type of dirt or stain you have to clean from it, there are certain dos and don’ts to be aware of. On a shingle roof, you’ll commonly deal with debris—fallen leaves, broken branches, and whatever else the wind blows your way. Here, you’ll want to use a simple blower or a broom. With algae stains, use a cleaning solution—again, stay away from a pressure cleaner!

Related: How Long Does a New Roof Last?

When to Call a Roofing Pro?

If your roof is merely dirty, then you’ll likely be able to complete the job yourself. However, once you start to notice damage or wear and tear, then it’s time to bring out a professional. Take note of all issues with your roof, even small ones. Even a minor detail could suggest a larger problem.

  • Signs that indicate needing a pro’s assistance include:
  • Water damage on the ceiling (there may be an issue with your gutters)
  • Cracked or curling shingles (shows that they are old and in need of replacement)
  • Dark algae or moss stains
  • Major sagging (potential structural issue)
  • Mold (your drainage system could be faulty).

Don’t wait for more than one of these issues to appear before calling someone.

Related: 7 Warning Signs You Need a New Roof ASAP

You might not consider your roof often when cleaning, but do keep in mind that, like the rest of your house, your roof has a limited lifespan and will eventually need repairs or replacing. While you can certainly do the job yourself, sometimes you’ll want a professional to take care of problem instead. Whichever solution you choose, be prepared when treating your roof, and be safe.

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Topics: Roofing, Roof Repairs, Roof Maintenance

Krystal Coddington

Written by Krystal Coddington