In the past, we've written about the consequences of DIY roof repairs. Furthermore, we've discussed DIY roofing maintenance's shortcomings. While Littleton, CO homeowners might feel stuck being unable to feel complacent about their roofing, you can perform DIY roofing cleaning relatively safely than repairs or maintenance. However, it still involves getting up on your roof using a ladder.
Additionally, you won't need power and jet washers to clean your roof. In fact, as qualified Littleton, CO roofers, we highly discourage you from using these cleaning equipment. They can erode asphalt shingles and clay tiles due to their high pressure. The final roof appearance might appear clean, but the high-pressure washers removed plenty of density from your roofing materials too.
Reach and Wash Commercial Cleaning highly advises using only a sprayer and a proper cleaning solution. Read more about it below:
For this reason, the best way to clean your roof is with a sprayer and some cleaning solution.
But before we look any further into the process: what might you find up there that needs to be removed in the first place?
Removing Black Streaks, Dirt and Grime from Your Roof
In case you might be asking yourself, those nasty black streaks on your roof are most likely algae as opposed to dirt and mysterious droppings from the sky. It’s true, you will certainly find dirt and other strange droppings up there but distinctive black streaks are most often the result of algae.
In fact, this algae is even more common during humid weather, when this airborne culprit seems to enjoy nothing more than messing up your roof. By the way, algae is a blue-green growth (Continued)
While their process might sound simple, you might find that your mileage might vary. Cleaning solutions can only do so much for roof cleaning. Furthermore, it's a slow process having to go through the entire square area of your roof. In this light, you can use additional equipment to clean your roof effectively too.
Pro Clean Services has a great list of additional equipment that professional roof cleaners use for their operations. Read more about them below.
Start by purchasing a 12 volt diaphragm pump, get a pump that delivers right at 45 PSI. Make sure the pump that you get has a viton O rings and gaskets. Here is one you could use many times,
Get a plastic garbage can, like a 50 gallon or a 40 gallon garbage can, or any hard plastic container that will hold between 40 60 gallons of water & chemical.
Get 100′ – 200′ feet of 3/8″ braided flex hose, this is going to be your hose to connect to your pump and the PVC wand that you will assemble to run your water & chemical mixture through, and on up to your roof to spray on to the surface of your tile roof or your shingle roof.
Get a plastic garbage can, a 50 gallon or 40 gallon hard plastic can, go 50% H20 / 50% Chlorine, so 20 gallons of chlorine, and 20 gallons of water, always have an extra 10 – 20 gallons of chlorine to add to mix if 50/50 will not get the algae off the roofs surface. You can always add water if it is too much chem., right! OR , just use the garbage can that the city or county gave you to collect your garbage for pick up! Plus it will be clean when you are done, be sure to clean out first with soap and water (Continued)
In case you need proper roofing repairs and replacements, you can count on us at Roper Roofing to provide you with high-quality solutions. Contact us today for an online consultation!