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Roof Cleaning: How to Safely Clean and Maintain Your Rooftop for Fall

Get Your Roof Clean the Right Way

If you have yet to tackle your exterior to-do list this season, be sure that you don’t forget about your roof. Your roof is often one of the last things on your mind until you experience issues such as leaking or water damage, but the truth is that you can prevent many of these issues with roof cleaning in the fall. 

One of the first steps to take with roof maintenance for your home is cleaning. Here is how you can safely access your roof to remove debris, ensuring that this exterior product performs in tip-top shape through seasonal rains and more:

Roof Cleaning: Safely Clean Debris from Your Roof

There is a good chance that some debris collected over your roof during the summer. Debris might not seem like a big deal, but the truth is that it can create a barrier that blocks rainfall from accessing your gutters. This can cause pooling on your roof, which eventually may lead to extensive water damage in your attic, interior walls, and ceiling.

The good news is that debris is typically not very heavy and can be removed quite easily. You’ll need to use basic ladder safety precautions before making your way up to your roof. But once you are up there, you can get to work quite easily.

While wearing thick gloves and slip-resistant shoes, start grabbing debris and throwing it into a leaf bag as you make your way around your roof. If you don’t want to tackle this project by hand, you can also haul a leaf blower with you so you can simply blow debris off of your roof. This is often the preferred method, since you don’t need to bend over or get dirty.

Another way you can clean your roof from debris is with a broom, but be careful not to press too hard into the shingles---otherwise you may cause granules to come loose.

Always consider safety when you attempt roof cleaning. Many people do not want to climb a ladder and walk around on their roof to clean it. This is why it’s a good idea to reach out for help. Ready Clean is a professional service that takes the hard work and danger out of work cleaning for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us so we can safely remove roof debris and more. 

Look for Water Damage

Once your rooftop is clear from debris, you’ll want to take a look for water damage that may have occurred over the winter or early spring months. Check around areas such as valleys of your roof, since water tends to collect in this area.

One sign that water damage is present on your roof is if you notice dark spots in large areas. If you’re missing shingles in a particular area, you’ll need to investigate this as well since moisture can easily access these areas.

Other Signs of Roofing Damage

Don’t forget to check your roof for other signs of damage such as:

  • Missing shingles
  • Curled shingles
  • Mold and algae growth will need cleaning and removed
  • Water stains
  • Loose or exposed nails
  • Light leading into the attic

What to do About Unsightly Roof Stains

When you manage to clean your roof, you might run into the unpleasant surprise of roof stains. If the stains aren’t causing structural damage to your home, you can remove them by soft washing.

Soft washing is the process of washing a roof with minimal pressure to avoid damage to the surface. Instead of using a pressure washer, you can use a soft wash technique, which works just as well but allows for more gentle care of your roof. 

What does soft washing entail? Soft washing involves spraying water on the surface of your roof about as hard as you would if you were sprinkling it with a garden hose. This method works especially well when you have moss or algae growing on your roof. 

By using soft washing, you can protect your roof from scuffs, scratches, and other damage caused by debris. This is all while still being able to get rid of moss and algae buildup.

What are The Benefits of Soft Washing Your Roof in the Fall?

Soft washing your roof in the fall is a great way to keep it clean and protect it from the elements. Not only will the dirt and grime wash off with water, but it can improve the appearance of your home. Soft washing can also make your roof look new again. It’s easy to use, environmentally friendly, and doesn’t leave any scratches or marks on your roof.

It’s best to hire a professional when it comes to soft washing your roof. With the help of a pro, you don’t have to worry about damaging your roofing material. It’s gentle on the roofing material, and doesn’t leave any streaks or marks behind. 

Soft washing is also an environmentally friendly method of cleaning your roof. It uses less water than conventional cleaning methods, which helps save precious resources like water.

Don’t Forget to Clean Your Gutters

Your roof and gutters work together as a system. Both need to be working in peak condition to prevent damage during the winter season. You don’t want to forget to clean your gutters this autumn!

Clogged gutters can cause a myriad of issues, such as water damage to your home or even structural damage. In addition, they can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other insects, which can carry diseases. While cooler weather is killing off mosquitoes, they can still flourish again when spring arrives. This is especially true when you have clogged and dirty gutters.

Furthermore, they can also increase your risk of mold and mildew growth in your home. Fall is notoriously damp, and mold and mildew can easily grow this time of year. This is why it’s important to clean them regularly in order to avoid any of these issues.

How to Tell if Your Gutters Need Professional Cleaning

Start by checking the gutters for blockages and debris at least once a month. If you did not do this during the summer, now is the best time to take action.

If needed, you should use a ladder to reach up into the gutters. There should be no debris blocking the spouts. You also don’t want any leaves or debris in the system itself. Finally, you should run the gutter cleaners through the entire system multiple times to ensure that all of the debris is removed.

When you do not have confidence in completing this task, it’s time to contact Ready Clean for help. We can help you prevent serious accidents and injuries from climbing up the ladder. 

Get Help with Roof Cleaning and Gutter Cleaning Now

Are you ready to scratch roof cleaning and gutter cleaning off your autumn to-do list? Ready Clean is on standby to help you take action. We can safely and effectively clean your roof and gutters to prepare for the winter season ahead. Contact us today to learn more.

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