Preventing Damage: 4 Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Your Roof the home’s roof is not at the top of most people’s to-do list but, when moss, dirt, and other debris collect on a roof, the roof looks unattractive and will wear out sooner. Cleaning a roof is not a pleasant task and involves climbing a ladder and using a hose and other equipment. If a person is not familiar with the proper way to clean a roof safely, damage can occur. Why not consider hiring a roof cleaning service to get the job done?

To Clean the Roof Oneself Or to Hire A Roof Cleaner?

When a roof looks stained and dirty, a homeowner must decide whether to attempt the cleaning job themselves or hire a roof cleaning service to clean it for them. To find roof cleaning services, look in the local phone book or go to online listings of local services. Look for a company with high ratings and good customer reviews.

Compare the cost of renting or buying all the equipment to do the job to the cost of hiring a roof cleaning service. Then consider how much knowledge and experience you have operating pressure washing equipment. Next, consider the time the job would take and the risk of damaging the roof or getting injured. Some homeowners are familiar with this type of equipment and are comfortable doing the job. Others would be much better off hiring a competent professional to do the job.

Avoid mistakes When cleaning The roof

For those who decide to clean their own roof, there are at least 4 Mistakes To Avoid.

  1. Using the wrong equipment can damage the roof. The pressure washers available to rent can use too much pressure and create roof damage or even cause a person to fall off the ladder. Too much pressure can cause shingles to lift, bend, or tear away. It may be safer to use a plain garden hose.
  2. It is tempting to use strong chemicals to get rid of mold and mildew. But, these chemicals can dry out the shingles, make them brittle, and cause the protective granules to wash off. The chemicals can run off the roof, killing plants and trees in the yard. It would be better to use a broom or brush on a wet roof or use a little bleach and water mixture in a spray bottle.
  3. Trying to clean a roof in the wrong weather is also problematic. A hot sunny day can mean the water and cleaning solution will evaporate too quickly. It will not be good for the homeowner either. Sunburn and getting overheated can lead to injuries. Choose a cool, overcast day with little wind so the cleaning water and chemicals soak in and do their job.
  4. Not protecting the lawn, plants, and outdoor furniture near the home will create issues. The roof cleaning solution and water will have over-spray and runoff. Even if the chemicals are not toxic, they will be ugly and add cleanup time to the project.

While the homeowner is up on the roof cleaning, they should be inspecting it for damage, looking for missing or broken shingles, damaged or missing flashing, and so on. This is an opportunity to learn more about what needs to be repaired so that the professionals can be called in to fix and replace anything before any bigger issues or problems occur. The gutters and downspouts should also be cleaned at this time. This is a project that can take a whole weekend depending on the skill of the homeowner and the amount of soil and staining on the roof.

Hire A Professional Roof and Siding Cleaner

Consider hiring a professional roof and siding cleaner with all the correct equipment and chemicals. Call several cleaning companies and compare their qualifications and pricing. Because they do this job every day, they are experienced and can do the work quickly and efficiently. If the roof is stained and soiled, the siding may also need cleaning. The cleaning company may offer a special price for doing both.