Roof cleaning is an essentially task that a homeowner must perform, but it can also be tedious, difficult, and dangerous. In order to ensure that you do not get injured or cause any property damage while cleaning your roof, it is vital that you take certain precautions and avoid certain behaviors.
If you plan on cleaning your roof by going on the roof, first make sure that you can safely walk on the surface of the roof. This not only means making sure that the roof is not wet and slippery, but also making sure that the angle of the roof in not too steep for you to safely traverse it. It also means wearing well-fitting shoes that have rubber slip-resistant soles. You should also utilize eye and skin protection. If you have doubts about your ability to safely walk on the roof, you should strongly consider hiring a professional. If you are going to be throwing any debris off of the roof, or if there is a risk of you accidentally knocking anything down, be sure to be constantly cognizant of the ground below you and make sure that zone remains clear of persons, pets, and property.
Some people recommend using a power washer to clean your roof, but that is a bad idea as it can knock shingles loose and cause damage to the roof. The best way to clean your roof is with a non-corrosive and environmentally friendly chemical, although there are other types of chemicals available that some people recommend. In lieu of a power washer, a simple garden hose with a sprayer nozzle is recommended. Additionally, there are specialized tools available for sale at most hardware stores that you may consider purchasing. Be sure to know the risks associated with whatever chemical you choose and make sure to use the proper protective gear. Additionally, follow all the instructions for any equipment that you utilize.
After selecting a chemical, you should spray the roof and allow the chemical to sit for 15-20 minutes. Make sure you are thorough and hit as much of the roof as possible. Before you spray the roof, make sure to remove any furniture or other items from any area where the chemicals might land so as to avoid property damage. The chemicals can have a wide over spray area, so take this into consideration when deciding how big of an area to clear. After the chemicals have sat for 15-20 minutes, rinse them off using a low-pressure hose. Make sure you spray every area, making sure to spray off all the dirt and debris.
The bottom line is that roofs need to be cleaned, but no one has to be injured and no property has to be damaged in the process. If you follow the proper precautions, the chances of you being injured or damaging property while cleaning your roof can be greatly reduced.