Keeping your roof clean is the most important part of roof maintenance. Proper cleaning is not just about the aesthetics of your house. A tile roof can last for decades with the proper care and maintenance. Regular roof cleaning prevents decay, which keeps you from having extra repair expenses, and extends the overall life of your home. In the worst case, failure to keep your roof well-maintained can cause you to have to replace the entire thing.
So how do you decide whether or not you need a professional for that? A DIY roof cleaning is possible, but you might be hurting more than helping. Here’s what you need to know before you rent that pressure washer.
1. Walking on roof tiles can cause them to break.
Tile is a very durable material that can withstand weathering and rough storms, but is very easy to damage when put under the pressure of your body weight. The shape of a roof tile is made into a curve so that water is more easily drained, however, when too much pressure is applied, the tiles can crack. It’s very important to avoid stepping on the curves of the tile or you will have more to worry about than getting your roof clean.
2. Pressure washers can cause damage to the tile.
If there is too much pressure while being washed, the finish on the tiles can be damaged. Pressure washing should be done carefully and on a gentle, low-pressure setting. Although the pressure makes it easier to remove dirt and stains, it’s more important to not ruin the protective layer of the tile. If this abrasive method of cleaning is used too much, the color of your roof will begin to fade and look dingy as well.
3. Tile roofs are dangerous when wet.
One of the most important factors to take into consideration when trying to decide if you should do a DIY roof cleaning is safety. Wet tile is very slick and it’s easy to mess up and slip when you are trying to clean, be cautious of the tile curves, and avoid wet spots. Professionals are well-trained and have methods for remaining safe while cleaning. When you decide to DIY, you put yourself at risk.
Deciding to clean and maintain your roof is always the right choice, but some jobs are best left to professionals. A DIY roof cleaning job might sound like a great way to save money, but the cost becomes much higher when you consider the damage you could be doing to your home. When your car breaks down, you call a mechanic. When your breaker keeps tripping, you call an electrician. And when your roof needs to be cleaned, you call Allied Roof Cleaning.