When the weekend approaches, you often think of all the things you need to achieve before Monday rolls around again. The lawns have to be mowed, the washing done, and maybe a spot of gardening to get rid of those pesky weeds.
But what about your roofing? When was the last time you checked your roof out to see if it was in need of a decent scrub? If it has been some time – or never – since you last put a ladder to the roof to find out its current condition, then what’s wrong with now? On a beautiful day when the sun is shining, make it your weekend priority. Here’s what you need to know to get the job done.
How to Clean Roof Tiles
It doesn’t take long for roof tiles to build up with moss and algae. While it can be a challenge to get rid of it, it’s necessary. Any dirt, leaves, plant life, moss, or algae that remains on your roof surface for too long can affect your roofing materials. The sooner you can take care of it, the less likely it will cost you money in the future.
Before you start, make sure it’s a nice day and that you’re wearing sturdy footwear with grip. As you scale your roof, walk on areas where the tiles overlap. These are the strongest parts of your roof.
Most roofing experts will recommend that those who wish to clean their roofing themselves should install a safety rail. If you’re not confident, enlist the services of an expert who is. Falls from ladders in the construction industry cost New Zealand $24 million every year, so be 100 percent sure of your abilities before you proceed.
The best product to use for roof cleaning is an anti-moss spray. It works quickly and can help you to remove stubborn moss with minimal effort. If you rely on tank water for any reason – be it for the gardens, animals, or house water supply, disconnect the guttering from the tank. Otherwise, the chemicals and dirty water will end up contaminating your fresh supply.
Apply the spray on all the tiles of your roof, starting from one side and walking away from the sprayed area. By doing so, you can avoid stepping on wet tiles and putting yourself in danger.
Allow the specified time on the container before you wash it off. Use a high-pressure cleaner that has enough power to uplift lichen, moss, and anything else that’s clinging to your roofing surface for dear life. Once again, walk away from the spray so that you will always step onto a dry tile.
How Do I Know I Need to Clean My Roof?
You know when it’s time to clean your clothing, your shoes, your dishes… but what about your roof? It doesn’t seem to be as obvious, but it can be if you know what to look for.
If any part of your roof is in shade, then that’s sign number one that you need to clean your roof regularly. Algae and moss thrive in the shade – be it in your garden or on your roof. If you let this build up, it can be harder to remove later on, all the while being a threat to your roofing materials.
Other signs include black streaks. If you start to notice black, then moss is possibly already quite long. It can take some time for you to notice it from a distance. At that point, some damage to your roofing materials may have also already occurred.
If your roof is near trees that drop a lot of leaves and twigs, then roof maintenance and cleaning should be a task you undertake more often. Leaves can build up and, once again, impact your roofing materials.
In essence, the signs that you need to clean your roof relate more to what’s around your roof. Shade, trees, and leaves can all mean you need to inspect your roofing materials regularly.
What If I Can’t Clean My Roof Myself?
Not everyone feels confident to climb up onto their roof for a visual inspection, and that’s okay. Up to five percent of the population is scared of heights, which means such a task should be left in the hands of someone who isn’t.
If you believe your roof might need to be cleaned, then get in touch with a roof cleaning expert. They will give you a price based on your roof’s pitch, the roofing materials, the roof’s condition, and the challenges of the job. Sometimes, that expert may even notice problems that could spell the need for roof replacement or repair in the near future.
Roof cleaning is not a task you will think about all that much. That doesn’t make it any less vital. Now could be the right time to either haul out the ladder or get in touch with a roof cleaning expert.