Have you ever cleaned your roof? Roof cleaning is more common than you think. Whether you hire a professional or you do-it-yourself, your roof should be cleaned here and there. Dirt, moss, algae and other debris built up on your roof, under shingles and in the hard to reach places which eventually could degrade the quality of your roof and force you into expensive repairs or replacement.

What is Roof Cleaning?

Roof cleaning refers to how dirt and debris is removed from your roof. This can be done by you or professionals. Depending on the time of year and where you are in the country, you may need a professional to come out to get the job done right. Bleach and vinegar-based cleaning solutions are used to clean most roofs, although you should use what’s recommended by your roofer.

There are several cleaning devices available for roofs. They are high-powered water sprays, similar to power washers, that help remove dirt and debris from the roof. These can be used at home, so you don’t have to hire someone to come out and clean your roof. However, if you’ve never cleaned a roof before, have a large roof or just don’t feel comfortable using a ladder to clean your roof, you want to hire a professional to do it for you.

Before cleaning a roof yourself, you want to check with your manufacturers to make sure you’re using the right products and techniques. Some roofing materials need you to do a specific type of cleaning or solution. Some materials might not require you to clean them at all. Some might need you to clean them more frequently. It’s important to check with your roofer and the manufacturer of the roofing materials to ensure you’re doing it right.

While you may not think of roof cleaning without being promoted to do it, making sure your roof is in good condition and free of debris is essential to keeping it in good, working order. By cleaning your roof, even just once a year, you can ensure the roof is in good condition well into the future. After all, a roof is costly, why wouldn’t you want to do what you can to take care of it?