Dallas Roofing: Article About Roof Cleaning
Cleaning the roof as a part of homeowner's regular roof maintenance is beneficial for structural and aesthetic values. Roof cleaning is a lengthy process that a homeowner may choose to do, or one can hire a Dallas roofing company.
Regardless of work put towards other aspects of a home, roof stains have a tendency of standing out, and they can be detrimental when trying to sell a home. Aside from curb appeal, cleaning the roof removes mold and mildew that grow on shingles. Over time, mold and mildew will cause significant structural damage.
Mold areas on a roof will rot away the shingles and can proceed to damage the wood framing structure of a roof. If untreated, wood rot will set in, leaving your home vulnerable to major structure damage and potential animal intrusion. Moss growing under shingles will push up, loosening the shingles. Moss also breaks down the integrity of the shingle, and it will break down the surface area.
Roof cleaning also allows the opportunity to inspect areas that may have been damaged and remove any debris that has accumulated. Regular roof maintenance ensures long term roof integrity for homeowners. It's a time to spot minor issues that could later turn into substantial roofing expenses.
Homeowners can create a roof cleaning solution by mixing 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of liquid bleach and 1 cup of powdered laundry detergent in a garden sprayer.
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Mix the solution until all powdered granules are thoroughly combined in the liquid using a stir stick. Starting with the lower portion of the roof, spray an area 3 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Allow the cleaning solution to sit on the roof section for 15 minutes. Use a bristle broom brush to clean the roof, ensuring to keep it wet while scrubbing. Once clean, spray off the solution using a garden hose. Repeat the cleaning process for the entire roof, including the fascia, working from the bottom to the top. When cleaning the roof, it's a good idea to wait until a cloudy day to prevent the solution from drying on the roof too quickly before it is cleaned.
Cleaning a roof is dangerous if proper safety is not considered. Rubber soled shoes are imperative to prevent slipping, and be sure to avoid wet areas. If possible, homeowners should use a safety harness in the event of a fall.
Roof cleaning is vital to a long lasting roof and curb appeal; however, it can be time consuming and dangerous. Homeowners wanting the benefits of a clean roof but who do not have the time to complete the task should consider hiring a roofing company.