One of the things that come up during roof maintenance is the question of whether you should clean your roof or not. This is a good question since it might not seem so important for a residential roofing system. The fact of the matter is that it varies. Depending on a lot of factors, you might not need to clean your roof. And in rare cases, roof cleaning might not even be a proper solution.
First Things First
The first thing you need to consider when you start thinking about roof cleaning is that you may want to do it yourself. Put that thought away unless you have the proper equipment and training to do so. A simple cleaning operation might not be so simple if you’re risking yourself in the process. When in doubt, always call a professional.
The biggest reason for cleaning is that there might be debris and plant life growing on your roof, but that’s it. If you’re dealing with leaks, an inspection will be more important since you might actually need roof repair rather than cleaning.
But if you’re just dealing with discoloration or too much of anything piling onto your roof – leaves or snow, for example, or moss and fungal growth – then cleaning may be in order. Some risk factors that might facilitate any of the above include heavy rains, too much shade overhead, and a heavy snowstorm.
How to Clean?
The simplest way to clean is simply to use a mild solution of water and bleach. This can be everything you need to kill the growth on your roof, and you can just scrape it away with a brush. Don’t try to rub out the growth with a pressure washer, especially on shingle roofs since these can damage the roofing materials.
For snow, roofers usually use snow shovels to push the accumulated snow off your roof. And for accumulated leaves and other debris, a leaf blower with some shoveling can do the trick.
But what if the cleaning doesn’t do anything for your roof’s visual condition? Then it might be time for a roof repair, or a roof replacement. Here at American Roofing, Inc., we’ll be happy to help you clean your roof for you. And if it turns out that you actually need repairs or a replacement, we’ll be glad to help you through the process as well. Give us a call at (216) 226-0123 or fill out our contact form to get started. We serve clients in Ohio, including Mentor and Cleveland.