You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
No matter what type of roof you have, it can get dirty and streaked with algae or other growth. When that happens, it's a good idea to call in a roof cleaning company to clean your roof. If you live in an HOA community, you may be required to clean your roof when it gets dirty. Here's how a roof cleaning company might do the job.
Clean Off Debris
If your roof has clumps of leaves and other tree debris on it, the cleaning company needs to clean those off. It's also a good time to clean out your gutters, so if the roof cleaning company doesn't provide that service, you'll want to call in a gutter cleaner first. Plus, if you have trees hanging over the roof, call a tree trimmer to cut the branches back so they don't drop leaves and twigs as soon as your roof is cleaned.
Wet The Roof
Your cleaning company has to decide on the right way to clean your roof. If your roof is strong and has a low slope, the company may work from on top of the roof. However, it might be possible to clean the roof from the ground. This may start with getting the roof wet by spraying it with a hose, taking care not to drive water under the roofing.
Choose Cleaning Products
The next thing the roofer decides is the type of cleaning products to use. They might use a mild soap solution or chemicals that get rid of the black streaks. They might use a treatment that is sprayed on the roof and that kills all growth so the growths disappear.
Use A Soft Washer
Your roof cleaner might not use a pressure washer due to the risk of damaging the roof or driving water under the roofing. Instead, they may use a soft washer that dispenses water at a very low pressure so your roof and gutters are not damaged. The soft washer can apply the chosen cleaning solution and rinse it off if needed.
Cleaning your roof could make a big difference in how your house looks. If you have trees that hang over your roof or if your roof doesn't get much sun, you might need to hire a roof cleaning service every few years. Cleaning your roof keeps the roofing attractive, and it also protects your roof by getting rid of moss and other growth with burrowing roots that could eventually lead to roof leaks. While roof cleaning doesn't sound too difficult, you may want to avoid the DIY approach so you aren't harmed by working on a wet roof. Plus, if you don't have experience, you might damage your roof and end up with a roof leak.
For more information on roof cleaning, contact a company near you.