What Are the Best Practices for Roof and Gutter Cleaning?

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01 Jan
2017

Steps to Roof and Gutter Cleaning

Here are the steps you should do to easily clean off your roof:

1. Get onto Your Roof

For some this step is easier than for others. Make sure you take this step with all of the safety precautions you can, as falling off of a roof can results in serious injuries. Your roof may be a different type or height, so it’s a good idea to do some basic research before you start this.

For a basic tutorial on how to get on and off a roof with a ladder, here is a simple video explanation. 

2. Brush Off Debris

If you have any trees around your home, it’s likely there will be debris on your rooftop. You’ll want to remove that before it starts to rot or mold on the roof or before it ends up in your gutters. Take a soft-bristled broom and brush off as much as you can. Don’t use a hard broom if you have shingles, because it may tear up the granules.

3. Algae Stains

If your roof has algae stains from black algae, you may want to clean it off. There is no real harm to these stains, but they are cosmetically unappealing on your roof. To get rid of stains, you can apply a safe cleaning and bleaching mixture to your roof and wash it thoroughly. 

Do not apply bleach or other harsh chemicals to the roof, because they may void the warranty or cause corrosive damage to it.

4. Moss

If your roof is mossy, you will need to take care of the problem before any permanent damage is done to your roof. Do not scrape or pull moss from the roof, as you might destroy the shingles. Also, avoid pouring acidic or harsh chemicals onto the roof, because this also might do more harm than good.

To get rid of moss, you have to remove its shade, remove moisture from the area, or use and acidic or basic compound to kill the moss. Removing shade and moisture isn’t always possible, but most people can mix up an easy solution to kill moss. Do not mix different chemicals together, but do dilute whatever you’re using in water to lessen any effect on your roof. Good suggestions are citric acid (such as orange juice or lemon juice), baking soda, white vinegar, salt, or soap.  

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5. Clean the Gutters

Once you’ve gotten everything off your roof, you may as well do a simple gutter cleaning, because you may have knocked stuff into your gutters from cleaning the roof. You don’t need to be on top of the roof for this, and can do it from a ladder instead. Use a tool to scoop out any clods of dirt, and use gloved hands to remove larger debris. Spray your hose through the gutter to wash away anything remaining.

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