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Learning Some of the Roofing Lingo

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When it comes to building a new home or hiring a professional to install a new roof, it can feel like you are in a new world. Roofing contractors appear to have their own language and it can be confusing to understand projects. Since your property is involved, you need to be aware of all that is going on. Below are some of the most commonly used terms to help you stay in the know.

Learning Some of the Roofing Lingo

  • Deck: The surface installed over the supporting framing members to which the roofing is applied (not like a deck/patio).
  • Rakes: The vertical edges of gable-style roofing
  • Eaves: The lowest, horizontal edge of a sloped roof which extends beyond the exterior wall.
  • Flashing: Pieces of metal used to prevent water seepage into a building. These are placed around intersections or projections like pipes, vents, walls, dormers, and chimneys.
  • Step flashing: The flashing application method used where vertical surfaces meet sloping planes. Individual pieces extend on the roof place to the vertical surface. These are overlapped and stepped up as shingles are applied.
  • Drip edge: A non-corrosive metal lip to keep shingles off the roof deck at the edges. Extends shingles out over the eaves and rakes.
  • Underlayment: Layer of asphalt-saturated felt (or tar paper) that is laid on a bare deck before the shingles are installed. It provides additional protection for the deck.
  • Valley: The internal angle that is formed when the two sloping roof planes meet to provide water runoff.
  • Ice dam: The thawing and refreezing of melted snow form a dam at the lower edge of the roof. This can force water under the roofing and cause leaks.
  • Ice-and-water shield: A thin, self-adhering membrane made of rubberized asphalt that is applied before underlayment but over the drip edge. It helps to mitigate potential leaks from an ice dam.
  • Ridge: The uppermost horizontal external angle that forms where the two sloping roof planes intersect.
  • Sheathing: The exterior-grade boards used as roof deck material.

Up on the Roof

Now that you know the lingo, you can understand exactly what roofers are doing when they are on the roof.

  • Preparation: The old shingles are removed first, then decking is swept as clean as possible. Any loose sheathing is reattached and all sheathing is inspected before any new shingles are placed down.
  • Barrier placement: A drip edge is installed at the eaves. Ice-and-water membrane is applied over this and metal flashing as well as the ice-and-water membrane is applied to valleys and protrusions. Felt underlayment is applied to the entire roof, with each strip overlapping the previous layer. A drip edge applied to the rakes will be applied over the ice-and-water membrane and underlayment.
  • Shingle placement: Starter shingles are placed along the eaves. They extend past the ice-and-water membrane, fascia, drip edge, and underlayment. Shingles are applied in overlapping rows. Metal step flashing is applied with shingles at joints where the roof meets a wall or chimney.
  • Finishing: The roof is finished using special pieces for capping the ridge. One final pass is made across the roof to ensure each nail is sealed with a professional-strength sealant.

 

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Impact of the Coronavirus on the Roofing Industry

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COVID-19 is a global threat. It is affecting health, living, and the economy. It is also affecting the roofing industry, so contractors need to be ready.

As with the medical field, prevention is the key. As the virus spreads, employers need to take preventative measures. The number of cases is rising which means you need to be prepared. Employers must have procedures in place for their workers to maintain health and well-being. The trouble is there is not much case law to go by for guidance, as dealing with pandemics is not a common issue.

OSHA has taken initiative to remind employers of their existing standards, focusing on OSHA’s Personal Protective Equipment standards. The Bloodborne Pathogens standard does not apply to coronavirus but it can serve as a helpful framework to put standards into place. There is also an OSHA webpage that provides employers with all current information on the virus. This is to help them establish guidelines and procedures for their workplace.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s advisory is also a great resource. This features a “Pandemic Preparedness” guide for employers. One key feature is that employers have a broader scope for questioning their employees on health issues. This is normally prohibited. They can request information about travel or when employees are showing flu-like symptoms. They can request for employees to have their temperature taken and can send them home at their discretion.

These measures can only be taken however when an employer feels the employee is a direct threat. There has to be a risk of substantial harm to the health of the individual or the other employees. Employers have to be careful not to violate employee rights and these guidelines are provided. Any information gained cannot be shared and adverse actions such as termination cannot be done.

The Impact on the Supply Chain

The impact of the virus in China is impacting the world in terms of production. Global markets and supply chains are feeling the strain. Mass quarantines, curfews, and travel restrictions are crippling Chinese shipping. This is affecting the roofing industry too. Specifically, the most drastic effects can be seen in the supply of solar roofing. Production has almost come to a stop as China is where 70% of these panels are produced.

Other materials are also seeing a decline in production. Aluminum, plastic, timber, and rubber have all declined. The lack of workforce has been the driving reason. Currently, manufacturing plants in China are believed to only be operating at 30%. This will continue to hit the roofing industry until the situation improves. U.S. roofing companies can expect to begin feeling higher costs and price fluctuations, material shortages, logistics breakdowns, order cancellations, and extended delays in product fulfillment and shipping.

Ultimately, project completion will slow which affects suppliers and project managers. Roofers are advised to begin preparing for these effects now by evaluating their own supply chains from end to end to pinpoint vulnerabilities. You need to identify potential alternative supply sources, preparing for costs to soar, and making sure you have adequate provisions to protect against increased costs, supply chain delays and interruptions.

Include Force Majeure Clauses

This needs to be in your contracts. This allocates the risk of performance if performance is delayed indefinitely or stopped as a result of circumstances outside of a party’s control. It also provides notice to the parties of the types of events that would cause a project to be suspended or that would excuse performance such as coronavirus and supply issues.

The party impacted by the force majeure is protected by temporarily suspending or terminating the contract due to unexpected and unavoidable events. The event must be beyond the control of the contracting parties, it cannot be anticipated, foreseeable, or expected, and the event must be unavoidable. At this time, the coronavirus pandemic and its global economic impact are covered under this.

The following elements should be addressed in a force majeure clause:

  • What events are considered force majeure?
  • Who is responsible for suspending performance?
  • Who is allowed to invoke the clause?
  • Which contractual obligations are covered by the clause?
  • How is the inability to perform determined?

What happens if the event continues for an extended time period?

If your company already has this clause in place, it would still be wise to review those provisions to make sure they are clear. Make sure terms such as “widespread epidemic,” “pandemic,” and/or “public health emergency” are added. Since courts will interpret the clause based on the wording, these key phrases need to be included.

Price Acceleration Provisions

Contractors need to consider adding terms to their contracts to protect themselves from labor and material price increase. A price acceleration provision allows the roofing contractor to adjust the contract price to reflect the revised actual cost of the labor and materials. The price acceleration clause is usually limited to increases in materials over the course of a single project.

The contractor also needs to provide the prime contractor or owner with evidence supporting the claim for additional compensation. Price acceleration clauses also sometimes contain a termination for convenience provision. This will enable the contractor to escape a contract if the cost of materials has increased too much.

A roofing contractor may find it difficult to include a price acceleration clause in its contract with a prime contractor because both the owner and the prime contractor are looking for fixed prices initially. In this situation, the roofing contractor should consider buying and storing materials prior to construction to avoid any potential increases later on.

Requesting a deposit to purchase the requested materials is also a good idea. The subcontractor should consider requesting that the prime contractor also add a similar provision in its contract. This way the prime contractor can seek additional funds from the owner for any labor or price acceleration that occurs throughout the project.

Conscientious Bidding

Roofing contractors should also be cautious when providing firm bids for projects. Especially, if they will not begin construction for a few months. In these cases, the contractor faces additional exposure for any increases in the costs of labor and materials caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Estimating these jobs thoughtfully, and conservatively can potentially make or break a roofing contractor. Especially since the extent of the repercussions of the coronavirus on the market is not yet known.

Since there is no current vaccine for the coronavirus and the number of infected individuals continues to rise, there is no way to know when the economy will normalize. Roofing contractors need to take steps to mitigate their risks and protect themselves. As the virus remains at large, there will be impacts to the U.S. construction industry, after the shock wave from China’s supply lines spreads.

 

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Things Your Roof is Trying to Tell You

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The roof is more than just protection. It is an investment and adds value to the building. The elements can take their toll on the roof. This means you need to protect it so it can continue to protect you. Your roof can handle a lot but you have to pay attention to it. Without regular inspections, you can miss important things that your roof is trying to tell you.  To avoid serious damage and costly repairs, there are certain things to look for.

Things Your Roof is Trying to Tell You

  • Water spots: Water spots on the ceiling are a common sign that something is wrong. The unsightly discoloration in the ceiling indicates a leak or mold. Moisture that has leaked through the roof into the attic can cause mold and serious damage to the roofing structure. Have a professional come in to further inspect what is causing this so it can be repaired right away.
  • Water damage on exterior walls: Watermarks on the wall are often overlooked. They are often mistaken for slider issues. Water damage indicates that the step flashing is loose or rusted. This will most likely be the culprit if water damage appears right after heavy rain.
  • Excess granules: Excess granules from the shingles can end up in the gutters. When this happens, it is time to replace the roof. The granules protect the roof from UV rays, so once they shed, the end of the roof life is near. Without granules, the roof is prone to cracking and decay which needs to be addressed immediately.
  • Cupping shingles: Shingles that are beginning to cup are a sign of ventilation issues. This indicates that the roof needs to be re-shingled. Cupped shingles can easily be blown away by winds leaving an exposed roof. These need to be replaced right away to prevent serious damage.
  • Black stains: Black stains on the roof indicates that you have an algae problem. Algae can spread quickly which makes it a serious problem. It can also dislodge the granules and leave your roof exposed. Algae also attract moss to the roof which can also weaken the shingles. Placing zinc strips around the roof ridge releases a fungicide that kills algae. You can also mop your roof with a bleach mixture to kill algae and moss.

Conclusion

These are a few common signs your roof is trying to tell you it needs attention. With annual inspections you can identify most problems before they become serious. Call us today if you have any questions about roof inspections or any signs that your roof has given you lately.

 

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The History of Metal Roofing

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Since the 19th century, metal roofing has been a popular choice in building and architecture. Before this time, only lead and copper were used for roofing. Copper was most commonly used for more elaborate roofing, and lead used primarily as a protective flashing material. These metals were used to cover the surfaces when standard materials like wood, slate, and tile were not appropriate for the roof pitch or shape.

The History of Metal Roofing

Copper roofing with standing seams was used on more notable pieces of architecture such as the Christ Church in Philadelphia. Flat-seamed copper was also ideal for covering domes and cupolas. At the start of metal roofing, all copper sheeting was imported from England but at the end of the 18th century, facilities developed in America to roll sheet metal.

Sheet iron was the first metal to be produced in rolling factories and was manufactured first by Robert Morris, a Revolutionary War financier. His New Jersey mill was responsible for producing the roof used for his mansion as well as the replacement roof for Princeton’s Nassau Hall which was destroyed in 1802 by fire. Not long after, sheet metal became one of the most popular materials for roofing.  Iron needed to be corrugated to be used for roofing. This process was patented in England in 1829. Corrugation stiffened the metal so that it had a greater span over lighter frameworks. These corrugated iron sheets also reduced the amount of time needed for installation which also meant lower labor costs.

The next metal to be incorporated into roofing was zinc, in France in 1837. Galvanizing zinc was done to protect the base metal from rust at first, but by the 1850s this zinc was used for post offices and customhouses, trains sheds, and factories. One of the first metal roofs in the South was installed in 1857 on the U.S. Mint in New Orleans. The Mint roofing was designed to be fireproof with galvanized, corrugated iron sheets. In Canada, the metal roofing was tinplate iron and eventually, this became used in the United States as well. Thomas Jefferson was an early advocate for tin roofing installing it on “Monticello” and later the Arch Street Meetinghouse was covered with tin shingles laid in a herringbone pattern. Tin plating was often confused with the terne plate, which was iron that was dipped in an alloy of lead and tin. It is unclear how often terne plating was actually used as documentation over time confuses the two materials.

Conclusion

Tin became one of the most common roofing materials as rolling mills become more established, thanks to its lightweight and low-cost traits. Zinc was also used throughout this time as a less expensive alternative for the lead. However, the advantages of zinc were controversial so it never ended up being widely used across the country. This left tin to be the most commonly used metal in roofing.

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How to Extend The Life Of The Roof?

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Roofing is important to the protection and integrity of a building and poor installation or maintenance can result in expensive damages. Even worse is neglect, and if you do not properly care for and maintain your roof, it will fall apart before its time. When it comes to getting the most from your roof, there are a few tips to remember when it comes to maintenance.

How to Extend The Life Of The Roof?

  • Understand typical damage: It is a good idea to know what your system is made from and how it can be damaged. Damage occurs in all types of conditions so you need to know what you are looking for ahead of time. There are three main causes for any damage that you will come across during an inspection.
  • Contractor error: Roofers that carelessly damage roofing during installation is more common than you think. There are two types of roofer damage you may find. Dynamic damage occurs when a roofer actively damages the roof such as dropping a tool that causes a puncture and static damage is caused by excessive pressure that causes damage below the roofing.
  • Seasonal factors: Storms and freeze-thaw cycles can damage roofing directly or as a result of expansion and contraction cycles. Over time, without proper inspections and maintenance, weather can damage the interior and exterior of your roofing system.
  • Wear and tear: Even though there are some durable roofing materials available today, eventually very roof succumbs to wear and tear.
  • Inspections: Ideally, you need to be inspecting your roof at least once or twice a year so as to properly identify weak spots and potential damage. The earlier these problems are identified and fixed, the less dangerous and expensive the damage will be.
  • Know your materials: Roofing emergencies can happen and you don’t want to find yourself without spare materials the day water comes gushing through your roof. Make sure you know how to repair the materials for your roofing system. Depending on the material, you should have the appropriate repair products on hand to use such as:
  • Plastic roofing cement: this is most often required during wet weather. The chemicals in the cement allow the plastic roofing to adhere to a surface creating a quick seal to a damaged area.
  • Self-adhering roofing tape: There are a number of tapes to choose from so do some research and get what fits best. Make sure you get one that has a decent shelf life because you will likely not use the whole roll at once.
  • Duct tape: This can be helpful in a pinch so long as it is high-quality. Before application, make sure the surface is dry and remember that this fix is only temporary and the damage will need to be looked over by a professional first chance you get.
  • Polyurethane caulk: This can only be sued when water leaks at penetration in the roof and is applied as a seal around the jack and the pipe.
  • Avoid Common Mistakes: Knowing what materials are safe for your roofing system is the best way to avoid mistakes and damage. One of the most common errors made is with seals. Many people overheat the seas or patch which creates a bigger problem as too much heat disrupts the integrity of the roofing membrane.

Conclusion

Knowing your roofing system, performing regular inspections and maintenance can help you avoid serious and expensive repairs or damage. While roofing materials will naturally wear with time, you can get the most from your roof be understanding what it is made from and what it needs. The more you know about your roof, the longer it will last, and the better your building will be protected.

 

 

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What Type Of Roof To Build For Your Shipping Container Tiny Home?

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The standard flat roofing a container comes with can serve most people and saves money, but adding a sloped roof will save you even more in the long run. Hot air rises so most of the heat from your home will be lost through the roof, which makes proper insulation and roofing the best option for saving. Slopes also ensure that water is directed away from the surface to prevent water damage. When choosing a roof for your shipping container home, there are a few styles to consider.

What Type Of Roof To Build For Your Shipping Container Tiny Home?

  • Shed: Shed style roofing is slightly sloped and is very cheap and quick to build. This style is popular because it can be easily fitted with solar panels to increase energy savings. Installing shed style roofing involves welding right-angled steel plates across the length of the container on both sides. On each side, a wooden beam is attached to the steel plates and trusses are screwed into the beams. Steel bars are attached for structural support across the trusses. You can use shingles, or steel sheets to cover the roof. The trusses of the roof must hang over the container to allow for adequate ventilation.
  • Gable: Gable style roofing is similar to that of traditional homes with its distinguished triangular shape. This sloped style provides great water drainage which prevents leaks and extends the roof life. Installation is similar to that of a shed style roof and will also require the help of a structural engineer. As with the shed roof, you will need to make sure the roof has adequate ventilation and you can use shingles, or steel sheets to cover the roof.
  • Flat: Containers already have flat roofing and for most people this is adequate. It is important to remember that while this may be a cheaper option, it does leave your roof at risk for water pooling.

Conclusion

You will need to enlist the expertise of a structural engineer to help calculate load-bearing weights for your roof. The load-bearing weight is the total weight the roof can hold without collapsing. They will provide the calculations for you and ensure that these are met for safety purposes. The weight will differ across locations as each area will have different weather challenges and exposures.

 

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Increasing the Lifespan of Your Commercial Roof

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Any commercial roof is susceptible to damage from the elements and natural wear and tear. With the right amount of care and attention, you can get a long lifespan out of your commercial roof. Every roof is different so depending on the materials used, the installation quality, and maintenance you will get different lifespans. To get the most out of your commercial roof follow the tips below.

Increasing the Lifespan of Your Commercial Roof

1. Material

Often budget is the only thing considered when it comes to choosing material, but this is a mistake. Remember that cheap materials will not last as long. You want to select a material that works best for your budget as well as climate, lifespan, location, and purpose. Built-up roofing is ideal for flat roofing but is not great in areas with heavy rainfall, showing that you need to consider all factors before choosing.

2. Ventilation

Having optimal airflow will help your commercial roofing remain cool during the summer and warmer in the winter. Having good ventilation can prevent moisture from collecting and seeping into the roof structure. Any moisture that gets into a roof causes mold and damage that can be expensive to repair. Mold can get into the interior of the building or the structure, causing even further damage.

3. Design

You want a roof design that compliments the type of business you have and one that can face any challenges of your location. You need to size structural members properly, consider possible penetration details, and select the right roof type. Design impacts the overall lifespan of a roof and is as important as the foundation when it comes to the structural integrity of the building.

4. Maintenance

How well you take care of your roof has a huge impact on how long it will last. Even if you have the most durable materials and the best installation, poor upkeep can destroy any roof. You should be inspecting and repairing any damage to your commercial roofing regularly, at least once a year. Small leaks can develop into serious damage so it is important to stay on top of inspections, maintenance, and repairs.

5. Lifespan

The more durable the roof is, the longer it will last. Metal roofing usually lasts the longest which is close to 50 years. Spray-foam roofing can last just as long as providing upkeep is regularly maintained. Built-up roofing lasts close to 25 years, while rubber roofing and EPDM will last between 10 and 40 years depending on upkeep. You need to remember that warranties only guarantee up to 25 years at max.

6. Warranty

Warranties are designed to cover material defects and workmanship. Make sure you always read the fine print when it comes to warranty information in order to fully protect your investment.

 

 

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What Do Customers Want From Their Roofers?

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The success of a roofer depends on the satisfaction of their customers. To satisfy customers, a roofer needs to know exactly what their clients want and need. This involves getting detailed accounts from the customers as well as having a broader sense of the industry trends. Knowing what to offer your customers, will help keep you ahead of the competition. When it comes to knowing what customers want from their roofers, homeowners have identified three top responses; education, budget help, and value pricing.

What Do Customers Want From Their Roofers?

  • Quotes and Research: the majority of homeowners do not conduct any research before getting a roofing project done. 33 percent have admitted not doing any research at all though. This means that educating your customers is an important task for any roofer that wants to be successful. Do not assume that they are aware of all the facts involved with roofing projects, and be prepared to educate them so they can make informed decisions regarding their investment. This ensures you earn their trust and their business.
  • Budgeting: Considering that minimal research is done, it is also safe to assume that little budgeting has been done either. 75 percent of homeowners do not budget for roofing projects and end up requesting and accepting quotes that are too high. In some cases, a person needs an immediate solution so a budget may not be an issue, but when there is time for a restoration project, customers need to be educated about potential costs so as not to waste time or money. To gain a competitive advantage start offering rebates and discounts as well as consider offering financing.
  • Value pricing: One of the top reasons a roofer is ultimately selected is the pricing. Along with having personal references, customers prefer contractors with value pricing. Praise from previous customers as well as a solid online presence with reviews and ratings boost your reputation. Being able to provide these top-rated services at an affordable price only solidifies your position. Many homeowners only get one quote before starting a project, so you need your quote to make an impression every time. Be clear and precise with your pricing, breaking down all elements involved with the roofing process.

Conclusion

Staying ahead of your competitors is an on-going task and there is no one way to guarantee success. A solid reputation, great follow-through, timely responses, honesty, and affordable pricing are sure to keep you at the top of any list and each satisfied customer only brings continued success.

 

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The Enemies Of Commercial Roofing

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Just like residential roofing, commercial roofing can be easily damaged by the numerous elements that it is exposed to. The weather can weaken your roof which puts your building at risk. It is important to maintain your commercial roofing in order to prevent expensive damage and problems. Regular inspections and routine maintenance can help you spot damage before it is too late. It also helps to know what can potentially cause damage to your roof so you can be prepared.

The Enemies Of Commercial Roofing

Neglect and weather can damage your roof over time, significantly reducing its lifespan. You cannot control the weather but you can ensure you prepare your roof and regularly inspect it for damage. Understanding what can potentially damage your roof can help you be prepared and take necessary precautions to prevent these elements from destroying your roof and your investment.

  • Heat: Prolonged exposure to extreme heat and sun can cause more damage to your roof than any other factor. The heat causes expansion and contraction which stresses the seams and fasteners in your roofing. This weakens the structure of the and causes damage. If your roof has asphalt to help with waterproofing, the heat can dry this out, reducing its protection and increasing your risk for water damage.
  • Wind: High winds and storms can damage the roof. Not only can heavy winds throw objects like trees or heavy debris against the roof causing denting, cracks, and tears, but winds can rip roofing materials away. This leaves your roofing membrane exposed which is an increased risk of more serious damage.
  • Rain: Rain can cost you a lot of money, if you have not installed waterproofing and if you are not regularly performing inspections. Pooled water ages your roof quickly and causes deterioration. Water can seep through any deteriorated seams causing structural damage and internal leaks. Debris is common with rain which can collect in the drains and gutters causing clogs, Any clogs prevent water from flowing away from the roof and rainwater can pool on the surface.

Conclusion

You need to know these top commercial roofing enemies. You also need to know that they can easily be dealt with. Depending on the climate in your area, prepare your roof ahead of time. Invest in waterproofing for wet areas and sun protection where it is very sunny. With prevention and routine maintenance, you can keep your roof safe and prolong its life and value.

 

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How To Clean Roof Shingles? Tips and Tricks

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Dirty, stained and poorly maintained shingles are quite common here in the US, and understandably so. Roof cleaning services can cost you an arm and a leg while cleaning your roof on your own is a pretty hard and dangerous job. But for those who have the guts to go for it, we have prepared the following article, summarizing tips and tricks that will help you along the way.

The General Procedure

The cleaning procedure itself is pretty simple – Apply cleaning solution, let sit for 10–20 minutes, scrub with a mop or a broom if necessary and rinse off with enough water. Sound easy enough, but don’t close this article just yet! The devil is, as always, in the details.

Safety First

Your highest priority during the entire cleaning process should not be injuring yourself. Therefore, ALWAYS use a cleaning harness, work boots with a good grip and never attempt to clean a roof that is too steep!

Make sure to check the label of your preferred cleaning solution for safety requirements and always apply it from the bottom up, to avoid walking across the wet surface.

Check the Weather Forecast

Clean your roof only on cloudier days, without rain or snowfall. Avoid clear sunny days if possible, since your cleaning solution will dry off too quickly. Windy days should also be avoided.

Before Cleaning Your Roof, Perform a Maintenance Check

Everything should be in order before you begin cleaning your roof. Check for any loose shingles. Clear your roof as well as your gutters of all debris– both can be done easily with a leaf blower.

Make sure that your gutters are not blocked up and the cleaning solution can drain easily. Make sure to protect any plant life around your house from the cleaning solution as you would your furniture when painting an interior.

Know Your Chemicals

Various chemical solutions can be applied to your shingles. However, as with anything in life, all have their pros and cons.

The most common choice is bleach, usually hypochlorite based, or a homemade hypochlorite solution. Bleach is cheap and great at cleaning, but also corrosive and in addition, can cause discoloration of your roof. Peroxide based bleaches have a similar effect.

Another cheap alternative may be a lye solution, which will not cause discoloration. However, lye is still somewhat corrosive and also will require more personal protective equipment.

Lastly, a commercial non-corrosive cleaning agent of your choice may be chosen, but it is ought to be more costly and its efficacy should be closely evaluated by its user reviews.

Never Use a Pressure Washer

While it may seem like a great idea to apply or rinse the cleaning solution with some extra pressure, avoid doing so. Pressure washers erode the surfaces of your shingles and worsen any pre-existing conditions.

Apply Stain Blocker and Other Preventive Measures

Stain blockers are aftercare solutions which contain anti-moss additives to prevent staining. The best products on the market can buy you up to 3 years’ worth of protection against algae stains.

Also consider trimming any branches which may block sunlight from your roof, and planting trees further away from your house to avoid leaves and debris in the future.

Conclusion

Hopefully, the following tips will aid you in your future DIY roof cleaning projects. Most importantly, remember that your safety comes first! If you’re unsure, there’s no shame in hiring a professional, especially if your roof is too steep, or you lack the equipment necessary to clean your roof properly and safely. Good luck!

 

*Note: These tips apply to roofs with asphalt shingles. Different materials require different procedures and cleaning solutions. Thus, these tips cannot be applied interchangeably.

 

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