If your roof appears dark and discoloured, it’s probably time for a good cleaning. Be aware of some things to try and to avoid so you can get your roof looking new again.
Of the damaging elements, moss is one of the worst. Moss can seriously impact asphalt shingle performance by causing them to buckle and blow off, eventually resulting in leaks. While algae is mostly harmless to your roof, it can impact its aesthetic appeal. So, it’s important to know how to deal with it. Climbing on your roof frequently damages your roof and shortens its life by loosening the granules on your asphalt shingles.
It is probably best to leave it to the professionals. There are right ways and wrong ways to care for your roof.
If you have asphalt shingles, here are some helpful guidelines you should follow.
Don’t wait to act. Allowing moss and algae to take hold and get established enables them to start damaging your roof.
Do remove overhanging branches that are blocking the sunlight from hitting your roof. Also, clear any debris such as branches and leaves from the roof surfaces with a leaf blower, if needed. Keeping your gutters clean will also help to ensure your roof remains as dry as possible.
Don’t take on the task of cleaning your roof without including safety precautions.
Do make sure that you can safely traverse the surface, particularly if your roof is steep or you have two stories. Also, be equipped with eye and skin protection, and shoes that fit well and have rubber, slip-resistant souls. You can always simply hire a professional.
Don’t forget that the solution you use will not immediately remove the growth from your roof. You don’t need a second application.
Do have the patience to let the solution do its job. The moss and algae will loosen. It can then be removed with a leaf blower. A professional knows this.
Don’t wait for a sunny day to clean your roof. You don’t want your cleaning solution to evaporate too quickly, it doesn’t give it enough time to clean.
Do choose a cloudy, but not rainy day. Also, you should not choose a windy day, where your solution gets blown off.
Don’t forget your landscaping below, which can be damaged by your cleaning solution.
Do remember to wet down your plants ahead of time with clean water, then cover them with plastic. After you have used your solution, uncover them, and wet them down again with clean water. Also, give your garden a good watering beforehand.
Don’t pressure wash when asphalt shingle roof cleaning. It will severely damage the surface and dramatically shorten the life of your roof.
Do use equal parts chlorine bleach (laundry strength) and water in a sprayer and use your garden hose for water. After spraying your roof with this solution, allow it to sit for 15 to 20 minutes, before rinsing with clean water.
Make sure you clean your roof regularly. This is a necessity for maintaining your roof’s ability to protect your home and prevent structural damage. To be sure you avoid a potentially damaging situation, hire a professional to do it for you. That way you know the job is done properly.
You need to let the professionals do the work. Contact West Coast Moss Removal to learn more about our rooftop cleaning services. Our experienced team knows what to look for and what to look out for. Get the most life out of your roof. Fill out a brief confidential online form for a free quote.