Roofs are an integral part of our homes. It is crucial to maintain them so they can perform when we need them. Tile roofs typically last half a century if they are made from concrete, synthetics, or metal. Clay roofs can last up to 100 year. It doesn’t matter what material your roof is made of, it is vital to keep them in good condition. Normal wear and tear will occur due to the constant exposure to elements.
You have a few good reasons to keep your roof atop. It will improve the appearance of your home and make it more attractive from the outside. This will increase the aesthetic and appraisal value of your home. It is important to stay in touch with the current situation so that you can detect any damage quickly and take action if it is minor. It is common to wait too long to fix or notice damage. This can lead to more costly repairs and greater costs. You must ensure that your roof is maintained in order to enjoy the fifty- or hundred year life expectancy. It won’t last as long if it isn’t.
Roof cleaning is essential for roof maintenance. There are several ways to do the job whether you want to do it yourself or to hire a roof maintenance professional. To complete the job properly, you will need a few tools. You will need the appropriate nozzles for tile roofs to use your pressure washer. 1,200 to 1,500 PSI is the ideal pressure to clean the tiles without damaging them or eroding them.
To reach the roofs and crevices, you will also need a ladder that has foot supports. Plywood makes it easy to spread your weight evenly on the tiles, so you don’t risk damaging them. This risk can be negated by foam treatment on the plywood’s underside. You will also need cleaning chemicals. Because they are safer than degreasers and as effective as professional roof cleaners, sodium hydroxide is the most common. They are also cheaper, which is a plus.
Primers, sealant, and paint should be handy so that you can fix up any visible defects and to protect the tiles from dirt and moss. In case of damage or cracked tiles, you can always get replacement tiles. You will also need to clean the roof with clean clothes.
One of the most important things when it comes to cleaning your roof by yourself is to keep safety in mind first. Safety is the most important thing. To avoid slippage, make sure your shoes have good traction and you don’t step on the tiles at the bottom. Be sure to distribute your weight evenly and avoid placing yourself in unbalanced positions. To help you with this, stand on dry and flat areas. All the best with your project!
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier roofing contractor in Clearwater FL! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.