You might not consider giving your roof a spring clean, but it definitely should be done at least once a year, to ensure your roof’s health. Moreover, removing all of the excess debris on your roof will aid with any roof inspections you have booked in, as it will allow your roofers to see every aspect of your roof. With that in mind, below are four must have product recommendations, to make your roof cleaning go as smoothly as possible.
The best chemical products
To get instant results from your roof clean, use products that contain sodium hypochlorite as a base. These products are usually sprayed on the roof after moss has been removed, then washed off. This is not a product you should leave on your roof. Manufacturers generally recommend washing the product off after three hours, at the latest.
Most roofers also recommend using a biocide treatment (DDAC), which should be applied to the tiles and left to work over a period of time, with the natural weather cycles in your area.
On your journey to roof cleanliness, you will come across a few enemies; moss, leaves and branches, to name a few. Before you can apply any products to remove the moss permanently, you will need to remove it from your roof. This is because you would end up wasting chemicals on thick moss, as well as not being able to remove it all, due to the thick layers of moss preventing the chemicals from soaking into the tile/overlaps.
While you can use your scraper to get the thick of the moss off the roof, it’s also handy to have a long-armed brush nearby, so you can pull down as much debris as possible, without the potential of damaging your tiles. Try and use a brush that is as stiff as possible, to make sure everything that is attached to your roof tiles comes away during the clean. You should be cleaning your roof on as dry a day as possible, to make sure the debris and everything else comes away as easily as possible. What’s more, it can be used to sweep away all of the debris outside your house!
A good garden hose
If there’s one thing you should never do, it’s use a pressure washer on your roof! A pressure washer can loosen shingles and seriously damage your roof, meaning you’ll be hiring someone for a roof repair in the North East. Attach a sprayer to the end of your garden hose, and attach that hose to a solution that is equal parts chlorine bleach and water, if you don’t want to splash out on a special roof cleaning solution. After this solution has been allowed to sit for 15-20 minutes, rinse it off with clean water from the hose.
Of course, if you don’t feel able or confident to carry out a DIY roof clean, using these product recommendations, you don’t have to. There are plenty of tradesmen who will happily carry out the job on your behalf!