Is your roof looking a bit dirty? When should you clean your roof anyway? In reality, if you have to ask, it’s probably time.
Getting clean roof shingles isn’t as easy as it looks. It takes time and supplies to keep your roof looking as good as new. We’re here to help you out.
Keep reading to learn all about how to clean your roof.
Choose the Right Equipment
When it comes to cleaning your roof, you need the right roof cleaning products and tools to get the job done.
Make sure that you have a strong and sturdy ladder. The last thing that you want is to fall down when the roof gets slippery. It’s also helpful to wear goggles, thick gloves, and even a helmet.
You’ll need a bucket, a garden sprayer, a hose, sodium hydroxide, several hard and soft brushes, and a leaf blower.
The Process Itself
Start by assessing the situation. Climb up onto the roof to see where you need to do the most work.
Before you start working with water and chemicals, get rid of any debris. It will be far easier to remove dry leaves and plants with a leafblower than it would be to remove wet and soggy plants later on.
Mix sodium hydroxide with hot water in a 2:8 ratio and let it sit for a few minutes. Pour that into the garden sprayer and mist it over the shingles until they’re fully covered. Leave the solution for up to twenty minutes.
Brush away any leftover debris (like moss) before spraying the roof down with the hose. Make sure that you do this on a sunny day so your roof can dry.
Make sure that you’re wearing proper safety equipment while you’re cleaning your roof shingles. Your shoes should have thick and sturdy soles so you don’t risk slipping and falling. It’s also helpful to have someone else nearby in the event of an emergency.
Wash away all of the chemicals so chemicals don’t damage your roof. For debris that comes in contact with chemicals, be sure to dispose of them in plastic bags to protect the surrounding area.
Remember that these chemicals can irritate your skin, so stay covered.
Alternatively: Hire a Pro
If this all seems like a lot of work, there’s an alternative. You can hire roofing professionals, like the team at Matrix Roofing, to take care of it for you. They know how to safely and effectively clean your roof and leave it spotless.
Most people don’t have the time or energy to clean their roofs when they need to. Hiring professionals is the obvious answer, especially if you’ve never done it before.
That’s How to Clean Roof Shingles
If you want clean roof shingles, it’s time to put on some gloves, don your helmet, and get onto your roof. Make sure that you get the right materials and be careful while you’re up there!
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- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.