How to Clean a Shingle Roof in 8 Steps
Do you have shingles on your roof that have broken? If this is the case, act soon because broken roof shingles can lead to a range of problems, including water damage.
In this article, we’ll discuss what to do if your roof shingles are cracked, as well as some steps you may take to minimize damage and save your home.
Get Your Roof Ready
To avoid roof damage, it’s critical to replace loose shingles and flashings before you start. Clean out your gutters and downspouts after that. Take note that during the rinsing stage, you’ll need to make a cleaning solution to remove all stains.
Clear Debris From Your Roof
Climb up onto the roof and clear off any twigs, leaves, or blockages. Scoop them up with your hands, blow them away with a leaf blower, or sweep them away with a broom. Now, it’s time to take care of any stains and clean the roof.
Produce a Cleaning Solution
A quart (0.95 L) of normal laundry bleach and a gallon (3.8 L) of water can be used to make a home cleaner. For added cleaning strength, add 1/4 cup or 177.5 ml of a non-ammonia heavy cleanser like TSP (trisodium phosphate). The roof and plants are poisoned by bleach. Bleach should make up no more than half of the solution. Lye products are also effective, but they are caustic to the skin and should only be used with gloves on. If you prefer to buy a cleaner, seek one that is designed specifically for shingled roofs.
Soak Your Roof in Water
Wet the shingles carefully from the bottom up with your garden hose or water sprayer. This prevents the solution from drying out too quickly after being applied. Stop when you notice runoff.
You Should Spray Your Roof
Fill a sprayer halfway with the solution. Coat the shingles with calm, equal strokes. Make certain you don’t miss any spots; otherwise, your roof will be spotted. Allow for 15-20 minutes for the solution to absorb.
Clean Your Roof
Apply enough force with a water sprayer to loosen algae and moss without damaging the shingles. A garden hose may suffice in the case of a lightly soiled roof. Slow down once more. Make sure you reach the entire area by moving back and forth in even strokes. Here is an important tip to remember: Power washers should be avoided at all costs. Your shingles will be worn down by them.
Use a Stain Remover
Use a stain blocker, which has a three-year stain resistance guarantee. Look for roofing algae and moss blockers at a home improvement store. After washing your roof, follow the manufacturer’s directions for applying the stain blocker.
Call a Professional Roofer
While you might be tempted to fix the problem yourself, roofing is a tough and risky task that should only be done by skilled professionals. A roofer can assess the damage and perform any necessary repairs.
Contacting a professional roofer is the first and most important step in dealing with broken roof tiles. Roofing is a tough and dangerous job that should only be done by qualified specialists. A roofer can assess the damage and perform any necessary repairs.