Roof cleaning is an inevitable project you’ll have to undertake at some point in time. To properly maintain your roof and to increase its lifespan, it’s extremely important that you clean your roof at least once a year or every time a storm hits town.
These days, many homeowners like to go the DIY road to save money and to be a little more productive in their life. If you’re one of them, there are a few key pointers you need to know about DIY roof cleaning. If, after reading this, you’re still not sure if you can get the cleaning done, call a professional roofing contractor for it.
Getting Rid of the Debris
Storms and winds bring with them a bunch of unwanted organic debris on your roof. This debris could include tree branches, leaves, sticks and stones. To begin cleaning your roof, sweep the debris off by using a brush or a broom. Remove the larger pieces by hand and finally, use a leaf blower to sweep away any remains left behind.
Moss and Algae Removal
If you haven’t been tending to your roof for a while, your roof might be victim of moss and algae growth. These greens can increase the chances of a leak and reduce moisture control. Moss removal cannot be done simply by scrubbing with water; you’ll have to buy a few household chemicals from the hardware store for it.
Since moss is vulnerable to pH changes, a mixture of baking soda, detergent and bleach (or ammonia) can help to adequately reduce moss growth and get rid of the existing one. For an acidic mixture, you can try using vinegar and hot water to the roof instead. Some homeowners also use chlorine to clean moss but you’d want to keep that as the last option.
Algae is removed in a similar way as moss is.
What not to do in DIY roof cleaning
Don’t use a pressure washer to get the cleaning done. It can damage the roofing materials pretty quickly and you might be decreasing the life of your roof this way. When you’re using a broom to sweep, always use one with soft bristles to prevent any damage to the roof.