How to Clean Your Roof

Cleaning Basics

Cleaning your roof is an essential maintenance task that should not be neglected. Debris accumulation can lead to water retention, which, in turn, can cause rotting and mold growth, seriously compromising the integrity of your roof.

Ideally, roof cleaning should be conducted at least twice a year, typically during the spring and fall. This frequency ensures that any leaves, branches, and other debris are removed before they can cause damage.

Where to Begin?

Starting your cleaning process involves ensuring you have the appropriate tools and safety equipment. A sturdy ladder, protective gloves, a garden hose with a spray nozzle, or a pressure washer set to a gentle setting are crucial. Additionally, a roof rake or leaf blower can be handy for removing loose debris.

Before beginning the cleaning process, perform a visual inspection of your roof. Look for signs of damage, such as missing shingles, cracks, or evidence of water leakage. Identifying and addressing these issues early can prevent more significant problems later.

NOTE: If you plan on using a pressure washer, confirm that your roofing materials are designed to handle this type of high-pressure cleaning.

Safety Should Always Come First

Your roof undoubtedly requires occasional cleaning to prolong its life. However, your safety should always be the priority when performing routine roof maintenance. Roof cleaning can be dangerous without the proper precautions, as it involves working at significant heights and on potentially slippery surfaces. In particular, the risk of a fall is high.

To ensure you tackle this task safely, prioritize the following safety tips:

  • Wear appropriate footwear: Choose shoes with good grip and support to prevent slips and falls.
  • Use a safety harness: When working on a steep or high roof, a safety harness can be a lifesaver, literally.
  • Have a spotter: Whenever possible, work with a partner who can stay on the ground and keep an eye on you for safety.
  • Never work in bad weather: Wet or windy conditions significantly increase the risk of accidents.
  • Use the right equipment: Extendable tools and a sturdy ladder can help you reach difficult spots without compromising safety.

NOTE: If your roof is particularly steep or higher than the average home's, it's wise to leave its maintenance to professionals like Lyons Roofing. We have the equipment to safely and effectively handle the unique challenges of maintaining such roofs.

Once You're On Your Roof

Begin the cleaning process by manually removing larger debris. Then, wash the roof with water, working from the top down to avoid pushing water under the shingles. For roofs with algae, moss, or stubborn stains, a solution of water and mild bleach or a commercial roof cleaning solution can be applied.

NOTE: Before applying chemicals or cleaners to your roof, we encourage you to check the manufacturer's guidance for cleaning your specific type of roof. If you are still unsure, reach out to Lyons Roofing for our professional recommendations.

What to Do if You Discover a Problem

If you uncover any damage or repair issues during your roof cleaning, it is critical to halt your cleaning project immediately. Whether it's missing shingles, significant moss buildup that compromises the integrity of your shingles, cracks, or any signs of leakage, these problems need professional attention before they worsen.

Instead of attempting DIY repairs that might not solve the underlying issue or, worse, cause further damage, the best course of action is to call Lyons Roofing. Our team of professionals has the expertise to accurately diagnose the problem and recommend the most effective, long-term solutions.

Do you have questions about how to clean your roof? Perhaps you need help with a repair problem? No matter what you need, Lyons Roofing is always here to help. Reach out to us today.