Did you know that looking after your roof can help get your money’s worth on your home? One of the best ways to ensure this is through roof cleaning. Regular cleaning of your roof not only keeps it looking brand new but also helps to maintain the quality of its materials. Therefore, ABC Roofing would like to share 7 steps to achieving a clean roof.
Steps To Roof Cleaning
There are several benefits to having a clean roof, all of which you get to enjoy after following these seven steps:
1. Remove Loose Debris
If there is any loose debris on the roof, it needs to be removed before you can begin to clean. Removing this debris will make the cleaning process easier. What’s more, is that it will eliminate any tripping hazards and make your environment a lot safer.
2. Ensure That You Have the Correct Materials
While soap and water can be used to clean most things, your roof is going to need something that is quite a bit stronger. Before spending any money though, we recommend doing some research.
Two things need to be considered before choosing which of the many roof cleaning agents you’re going to buy:
- The level of dirt, mildew, etc. present
- The type of roofing materials that were used
Why are these considerations important? Some cleaning agents may be too weak and prove ineffective, while others may be too strong and cause damage to your roof.
Alternatively, you could call ABC Roofing for a roof-a-cide quote.
3. Prepare Your Cleaning Solution
For the chemicals to work at their optimum level, you need to create a cleaning solution. This is done by mixing them with a gallon of water and a quart of chlorine bleach.
Once you have your cleaning solution ready, you can place it in a pump-style garden hose sprayer. Despite having to be on the lowest pressure, the sprayer will allow you to distribute the solution as quickly, and as evenly, as possible.
However, it must be noted that using a Chlorine or Bleach solution may be harmful to foliage surrounding your house and can also deteriorate the metals on your roof, nails, screws, flashings, etc.).
4. Put the Solution to Work
Now that all the preparation is done, it’s time to climb onto the roof and apply the solution. Whether your roof has black streaks or algae, it’s important to place enough of the cleaning solution in each of the areas.
Once the whole roof has been sprayed, the solution needs to be left to work for around 15 to 20 minutes if it’s going to be effective.
5. Rinse Your Roof Thoroughly
Since chemicals can damage your roof, you don’t want to let them sit there for too long before rinsing them off. After the time has passed, thoroughly rinse your roof with water from the garden hose.
Why Is Cleaning Your Roof Important?
Being exposed to the elements every day, it shouldn’t be surprising that your roof undergoes a large amount of wear and tear. If ignored, these small problems can very quickly grow into larger, more expensive ones.
Unless it is removed, moss will spread across the roof and lower the quality of its materials. Moss provides a platform for other debris and water to build up. This not only encourages roof leaks but also lowers the roof’s life expectancy. This can be avoided by making sure that your roof is cleaned properly and regularly.
Roof Cleaning And More In South Florida
Being a home or business owner means that you have a lot of responsibility, especially when it comes to the maintenance of the building. From roof replacements to regular maintenance, South Florida residents trust ABC Roofing. To take roof cleaning off your list, call us today at 954-344-4622.