How To Clean A Residential Roof

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Many homeowners fail to clean their roof throughout the year, which can cause the roofing materials to become worn or damaged in each season. Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take to remove debris and protect the structure from environmental elements. Cleaning the roof with the help of a Parker roofing professional will not only prevent damage on the building but can improve the appearance of the structure.

Cleaning the rain gutters every few months is important to maintaining residential roofs and preventing damage. Clear away branches or moisture that has accumulated in the gutters, which will prevent termites from using the water as a food source. The gutters should also be inspected for leaks to ensure they don’t need to be replaced.

Roof stains often develop due to debris that sits too long on the shingles or from mildew that begins to grow. Black streaks are common and can detract from the curb appeal of the property due to the developing algae colonies. Clean off the algae once it forms by using a hose and a chemical solution to remove the stains.

The stains can be prevented in the future by adding zinc or copper strips to the roof or by applying a stain blocking solution that seals the roof for several years.

For black stains that are more difficult to remove on steep roofs, a professional can spray a sodium hydroxide cleaning solution on the structure and allow it to sit for 20 minutes to gently remove the algae and bring it to the surface. A low-pressure rinse system should then be performed to remove the cleaner before the roof dries.

Algae and moss can also be removed from the roof by spraying the shingles with a mixture of bleach and water, which is an affordable method that is easy to perform as a homeowner if the roof doesn’t have a steep slope. After cleaning off the algae or moss, rinse off the roofing materials with water to prevent the bleach from settling. Nearby plants that surround the home should also be rinsed off to prevent damage from the bleach that drips down.

The roof should also have twigs or branches removed when they begin to fall on the home. Nearby tree branches can be cut back to prevent them from breaking and falling onto the building in the coming months, which will reduce the amount of debris that stays.

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