In this informative article we will go over a few tips and tricks the pros use to cleaning residential roofs.
Before we get started we must understand why we are wanting our roof to be clean and remain so for as long as possible yearly. A proper roof cleaning can provide longer roof shingle lifespan, remove organic organisms eating at your roof and lastly exposing the shingle true bright colors. Most asphalt shingles are a shade of dark brown, to light brown, grey and dark grey. In the field we may see the occasional red or even green colored asphalt shingled roof. In terms on barrel tiles we see them in shades of red, orange and grey as well.
When the roof is covered with dark organic stains and growth it can be difficult to see what color it is. Many homeowners forget the color shade of the original shingles.
Examples of the dramatic changes a residential roof cleaning can make
The first tip we have is to hire a professional who has a solid reputation and is insured. When it comes to roof cleaning it is a dangerous task depending on various factors such as height, weather conditions, how dirty or the roofs pitch. Although a roof is completely flat as a homeowner we still run the risk of falling off if he miss our footing or trip over the air vents.
In the event of a accident an we fall off, we are badly hurt and our roof still isnt cleaned up the way we want. A professional Roof Soft Washing company will carry general liablity insurance and take the proper precautions so a tragedy does not occur.
Our next tip is if we do choose to take on the project ourselves, do not underestimate the amount of cleaning solution you will need. This varies on the size of our roof, the equiptment being used and how thick the organic growth is on the roof. It may be best to measure your roof. Do a test spot and calculate how much cleaning solution you specific roof will need to get the job done right.
Next tip is to use protective gear especially when spraying a strong harsh chemical solution.
Proper protective gear such as a mask respirator to filter out the harmful toxins from chemical heat vapors and safety goggles to cover your eyes incase the wind picks up a cloud of chemical solution and throwing it back your way. If this happens we reccomend you carry a small towel to wipe off any cleaning solution that touch your skin or face. If the chemical continues to burn or itch, please stop drop what you are doing and run over to a source of fresh water. A near by garden hose may be your best bet.
To continue our small tips for residential roof cleaning we suggest you have a friend or family member use a garden hose to water the surrounding landscape and plant vegetation to prevent the chemical from burning plants. The best way to do this is by first drenching the plants with water then carefully making sure to water while the cleaning solution is sprayed above. Once the roof is coated and cleaned, have your family member or friends go for another round of fresh water spraying on all the plants even the ones you think have not be touched with chemical just to be sure the job is done and completed the right way.
As homeowners we do our very best to keep the home we worked so hard for clean and up to date. A homes roof can tell surrounding neighbors or guests just how well we take care of the homes interior. If the exterior of the home is not looking its best we can only imagine how bad the interior looks.
A dirty roof can put on old dingy look to even a newly constructed home. The black stains caused by organic growth and take away from the freshly painted walls, clean windows and newly planted landscape. For these various we want to keep the roof clean and up to date from damages to prevent future leaks.
Now we all understand how daunting it can be to give the work to somebody who we do not know, who calls themselves "experts". After giving them to work to be done, we pay the contractor and think we have done well. Later to realize the roof is leaking because the pressure cleaning contractor used high pressure to clean the delicate asphalts shingle granuals and removed most of them and leaving exposed holes in the roof. Many homeowners can not physically go up on their roofs and very little contractors show before and after pictures to put the customers concerns at rest, now that they have seen the full picture.
This is one more reason why we should hire not only licensed and insured companies but also those who have an outstanding reputation. As homeowners we should request the contractor take pictures of areas of the roof where we can not see unless standing on the roof.
If the exterior cleaning refuses to share pictures this can be a red flag that you may not have had the job complete all the way or done poorly. Sadly we can not tell as homeowners until a problem such as a leak arrives or the Home Owners Association sends us another letter stating we need our roof done. When the contractor only cleaned the visable areas of the roof to you. But from across the street at your neighbors home we can see the dark organic spots are still there and continue to grow.
A true professional exterior roof cleaning professional will know how to properly and effectivly clean your roof for years to come why also protecting the landscape below. The true professional will also understand how to describe the process to you at every stage to help us know we are in good hands.
When we arrive to do a roof cleaning project we first talk to the customer on how the roof will be clean, what to expect and what are the measures taken to protect the landscape. We will then get all our tool and equipment out needed to do the job and set up a plan to attack this project. Next we will begin slow and steady to ensure all the roof is coated, working section by section and even recoating to kill ALL the mold and mildew eating away at your roofs fillers. Once finished we will reinspect to check for missed spots, if all is complete we come down from the roof and continue to water the landscape vegetation. The processes of water is carried on throughout the cleaning process as well as any plants that need to be tarped or moved to a safer area. This is in a nutshell how we handle the roof cleaning process day in and day out.
Before cleaning a roof yourself you must ask a list of questions
- What equiptment do I need?
- How much cleaning solution do I need for this project? (varies by size, roof type and amount needed to clean)
-What safety risks can I run when on the roof?
-What if I fall?
-How much time will it take?
Above are the main questions we should ask ourselves before taking on this task. It most cases it is best to hand off the work to a reputable professional.
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