Your roof protects your home more than anything. Things do collect on top of it, and it would make sense to want to clean it off after a time. You may even consider pressure washing it. Squeegee Squad has a simple recommendation on this:
Don’t do it.
It may seem strange that a pressure washing company is telling you not to pressure wash parts of a home, but there is more to it than simply telling you not to pressure wash your roof. Let us explain in a bit more detail in this piece.
Pressure Washing Your Roof Is Dangerous
Unless you are experienced being on a roof, have safety gear, and are insured to be doing this sort of work, it is highly recommended you stay firmly on the ground and not attempt going onto the roof. Climbing onto a roof is dangerous in itself, but when you add equipment and water to the mix, there is a good chance of a bad accident happening.
ER visits are not cheap. Squeegee Squad has liability insurance, safety gear, and experience being on rooftops. If you want professional roof cleaning, allow Squeegee Squad to do it for you.
Pressure Washing Your Roof Requires Skill and Equipment
Pressure washers are heavy and strong. The home roof is often not designed for the concentrated stream of water from a pressure washer. This can damage the roof’s shingles or cause other issues like small leaks that may not be visible to the eye. However, you will certainly learn about these leaks when your ceiling crashes because of the water damage and weight.
Our team has an understanding of the pressure washing equipment and what to do when using it. Being careful and using the correct pressures, distance, detergent, and more make a huge difference in cleaning your roof right.
Pressure Washing Your Roof Can Cause Damage
High water pressure from a pressure washer can cause real damage to the roof if you are not careful or inexperienced. The roof material, particularly shingles, are not designed for the effects of high-pressure water. This yields a set of specific issues, most of which can become expensive to repair or replace:
- Decrease the longevity of the roofing materials;
- Break any adhesives or bonds;
- Damage the underlying materials;
- Cracks and breaks in the roofing materials;
- Compromise the roof’s structure;
We previously mentioned the chances of arriving in the ER because of slips or falls from the roof. At best, you may be bruised and beaten. At worst, you could be paralyzed or dead.
There are Options For Cleaning Your Roof
One thing you should know about cleaning your roof is there is a common moss that grows on most shingle roofs. This moss is harmless and does not affect the roof outside of discoloration. However, if you are strongly considering needing your roof pressure washed for some reason, such as putting the house on the market, please call a location neary you with trained pressure washing professionals rather than trying this on your own. We have a special soft pressure spray approach with our equipment.
The only time you should clean a roof is when you are looking at putting the home on the market, and the roof is under 15 years old. Outside of these two reasons, it is best to leave the roof to a team of professionals. Reach out to a location near you when you are ready to have your roof cleaned.