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Exploring Eavestrough Materials and Installation Techniques

The Wrong Ways to Clean a Roof on Your Own

by Martha Soto

Does your home's roof look dirty and in need of a cleaning? If so, you may be tempted to do this job on your own. Be aware that there are mistakes that can be made along the way, which is why you should know the wrong ways to clean a roof.

Incorrect Power Washing Techniques

When used correctly, a power washer can be an effective way to clean the surface of your roof. However, it can also cause a lot of unintentional damage if used incorrectly.

You never want to spray the power washer upward so the water goes against the shingles. This can cause the shingles to lift off the roof, as well as cause water to get underneath them. You always want to move in a downward motion so that the water flows in the natural direction if it were rain.

Do not start with the highest pressure settings. Always start with a low setting to avoid blasting off the granules attached to asphalt shingles. If the shingles are older, a powerful blast can also cause them to become cracked. Try testing the power washer on a single shingle off to the side of your roof, and if it works without causing damage, continue on with the rest of the roof. Gradually increase the pressure until it can clean the surface without damaging the roofing material.

The wand of the power washer should also be at least a foot away from the roof. Holding it too close can apply too much pressure, even if it is momentarily.

Incorrect Cleaning Solutions

Do not always assume what a proper cleaning solution is for a roof. Some solutions will work better than others. When using bleach, it must be diluted so that it does not cause damage to the roof's surface. Bleach can also damage the plants beneath your home when it runs off the surface of the roof.

Stick to a cleaning solution that is 1 part water and 1 part bleach. This should be enough to kill off algae, mold, and other stain-causing problems on a roof. You can also purchase a commercial cleaning product at your local home improvement store if you do not want to make a cleaning solution on your own.

Don't feel confident cleaning your own roof? Hire a professional roofer, such as The Roof Doctor, to do it for you. It is the best way to ensure that the roof is cleaned without causing any damage.