Just like the rest of your home, cleaning your roof regularly will help keep it looking great and prevent deterioration. While there’s always the option of hiring a professional to take care of this task, if you want to clean your roof on your own then it’s important that you take the proper precautions to avoid any accidental damage. Our roofing experts at AGR are here to help with tips for properly cleaning your own roof shingles.
What equipment you need to clean your roof
To clean your roof shingles, start with a bucket full of a warm water and bleach mixture. Cleaning your roof with bleach is perfectly safe, just like doing your laundry – in fact, you can just use the same liquid chlorine bleach that you use with your laundry detergent.
Once your bleach mixture is ready, use a garden sprayer to coat it along your roof. Make sure your coverage is nice and thorough, then let it sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it all off with clean water.
Letting the bleach sit on your shingles for a short period of time allows it to break down any buildup that has settled there, meaning that you won’t need to get down on hands and knees to scrub or spray repeatedly with bleach in order to get your shingles looking nice and clean.
What to avoid when cleaning your roof
While cleaning your roof is a great way to prolong its lifespan and improve its aesthetic appearance, climbing around up there too often can actually wear down your roof shingles. This is why it’s important to clean it properly the first time and avoid repeat performances that will stress its integrity.
Pressure washers can be very useful with other outdoor surfaces such as brick, wooden decks, or other more durable surfaces, but be sure to avoid using a pressure washer on your roof. This could loosen the shingles and ultimately do more harm than good. Using the recommended garden sprayer will get the same effect without the harsh application.
It’s also important to plan around the weather: If you pick a hot, sunny day to clean your roof, the bleach mixture may evaporate too quickly and not be able to fully do its job. Make sure you pick a nice, cloudy day with no heavy wind or rain in the forecast.
How to protect your landscape while cleaning your roof
Your roof shingles may love the bleach you’re spraying on it, but the chances are good nothing else will. Be sure to protect your plants and grass by covering nearby areas with plastic sheeting before you start cleaning your roof with bleach. Rinsing them with clean water both before and after you use the bleach solution will also help prevent damage.
In addition to protecting your landscape, also be sure to protect yourself! Wear protective gear such as gloves and goggles before handling bleach, and make sure you aren’t wearing clothes you love in case they get stained.
Trust the roofing pros
If anything about the process of cleaning your own roof shingles is giving you pause, it may be time to turn to the professionals. Don’t risk injury by climbing on an unstable roof or a roof with an exceedingly steep pitch. It’s also a good idea to give your local roofing contractor a call if you notice any damage to your roof while you’re up there.
Whether you need a hand cleaning your roof shingles or want a professional to come inspect your roof, AGR is here to help! Call today to book a free inspection.