Tips For Cleaning Roof Shingles And Tiles

How to clean shingles and tiles on roofs and learn some valuable tricks.

Even though a roof that has darker shingles doesn't show the dirt as easy, it will still get soiled and become unsightly. Some of the most common "dirt" is road dust, tree sap, moss, and mildew. The latter two can be real problems, especially if your house is shaded by trees. Moss and mildew usually start out by growing in cool, dark eaves. If they are left go, they then work their way up your roof, moving steadily and staining more shingles as they go. You can clean the shingles or tiles on your roof, though, and not only clear away the dirt, but also remove the stains left by these fungus.

The first item on the agenda that you have to consider is safety. Be sure that you use a sturdy ladder that is in good condition. If your roof is very high, or, if it is steeply sloped, it would be a good idea to wear a safety harness. Wear shoes or work boots that have non - skid soles. Shingles and tiles are slippery enough dry. Once they are wet, they are worse yet to navigate across.

The next step is to prepare the work area and gather the tools and supplies you will need for cleaning the roof. Here's a helpful tip: securely tie garbage bags around the end of every downspout. This will keep the cleaning solution from getting on your lawn, and on plants, shrubs, and trees nearby. Next, you will need either a low - pressure power spray washer or a garden hose with a screw - on soft brush and a sprayer bottle; a garden hose for obtaining rinse water; a two - gallon bucket; one gallon of hot water; one cup of household bleach; one - fourth of a cup of laundry detergent; one fourth of a cup of TriSodium Phosphate. Here's another helpful tip: make sure that you have plenty of garden hose so you can reach all areas of your roof with the water.

The third step is to put on your eye protection and a pair of heavy rubber gloves. Then, mix up the cleaning solution in the two - gallon bucket. Pour enough of the cleaner into either your power spray washer reservoir, or, into the sprayer bottle on your garden hose. Carefully climb up on your roof and spray the solution onto the dirtiest areas of the shingles or tiles first. Then, spray the rest of the roof, making sure to cover every square inch. Refill the sprayer as necessary, and respray the dirtiest areas a second time. Allow the cleaner to soak for twenty to thirty minutes.

The fourth step is to use either the low - pressure power spray washer or the garden hose with a screw - on soft brush to clean the stained areas of your roof. Then, move on to the rest of the roof and scrub or spray it clean. Finally, use the garden hose to rinse your roof off well. Here's a helpful tip: Always spray either the power spray washer or the garden hose from the top of your roof downwards. Never spray from the eaves up, or you could get the cleaning solution or the water up underneath the shingles.

Here's a final tip you should know: Be sure to rinse off the downspouts and the gutters in order to remove the corrosive cleaning solution from the metal.

After you have finished, your roof should look brand new! Don't forget to remove the garbage bags off the ends of the downspouts.

You can successfully clean off the shingles or tiles on your roof every season of the year, if need be. There's not too much you can do about road dust, but if tree sap becomes too much of a problem, you may choose to have any trees that shade your house taken down. And, there are special copper strips that you can install on the top of your roof to help inhibit the growth of moss. Then, every time it rains, the rainwater will run down the copper and onto the roof below. The runoff will act as a fungicide every where it flows onto your roof.

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