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Spring is here and it’s time to do a little spring cleaning around the house. Here are some of the best tips on how to clean different types of roofs.
Cleaning A Tile Roof
Tile roofs are susceptible to algae mold and lichen among other types of organic growths. With time, they start staining and that’s why you need a chemical treatment when cleaning a tile roof. When on a tile roof, make sure you have safe shoes with a lot of traction to avoid slipping and only walk where the tiles overlap.
Start by spraying the tile roof with plain water to remove dirt and debris. Make sure the roof is completely dry before moving to the chemical treatment. You should use a fungicide or an anti-moss cleaning solution for the best results.
Cleaning A Metal Roof
Metal roofs are very easy to clean. You simply need water but if there are tough spots, you can use a chemical solution. If you have a metal roof, you should clean it during dry weather. Also, you need to make sure that you are properly secured before you begin to avoid any injuries.
You should rely on plain water to get out the dirt and grime out of your metal roof. Note that, chemical solutions should only be used when it’s absolutely necessary. They often leave streaks if you don’t rinse them out properly. Rinsing your metal roof once every year with plain water should remove the need to use chemical cleaners.
To protect your asphalt shingles, you need to clean them regularly. Start by removing the debris from your roof using a leaf blower. It’s best to clean the asphalt on a cloudy day to avoid fast evaporation on hot/dry days. Note that, cleaning asphalt shingles requires more than soap and water.
Rather, you need a special cleaning agent to get the job done. Make sure you choose an environmentally friendly and non-corrosive cleaning agent for the job. You should be able to find a shingle cleaner in the nearest supermarket. Alternatively, you can make your own using chlorine bleach and water.
Don’t apply the cleaning solution using a pressure washer because it will damage the asphalt shingles. Rather, you should use a low-pressure sprayer for the best results. If you notice green or blue stains on the roof, it means moss and algae are present.
Once you are done, spray the roof with water to clear out the cleaning solution. You can scrub the stains a little harder to remove the stubborn ones and keep your roof clean. It’s prudent to clean out any debris immediately as it happens rather than letting it accumulate to prevent damage.
Other Roof Cleaning Tips
• Remove debris from the gutters and check for damage. If there is any damage, you need to replace your gutters to keep them working properly and avoid leaks inside your home. Unlike your roof, your gutters need to be cleaned regularly, especially after strong winds or heavy rainfall.
• Inspect the chimneys and skylights and clean them properly. Note that, if they are not inspected, they could cause leaks in your home. Your chimneys should be properly sealed to prevent further leaks. Clean out the skylights to remove any water trapped on them and keep it from getting into your home.
• Also, you need to check the attic and clean it. Note that, your attic is also part of your roof and ignoring it will result in structural issues in your home. Check for the presence of moisture by looking for dark spots. Clean them out and add proper insulation to prevent further damage to the rest of the house.
• Check the edges and corners of the roof to find out if there are any leaks. On the other hand, if your roof is damaged, there is a chance that animals, especially insects are getting into your home. Check them properly when cleaning and do the necessary repairs.
Cleaning your roof is a simple and straightforward process depending on the type of roof in your home. However, if you don’t know how to do it, you can always hire a professional roof cleaner to handle the job for you.