Now that the weather is starting to get warmer and springtime is finally kicking off, it’s time to start looking ahead to your spring home maintenance checklist. In addition to basic spring cleaning chores and lawn maintenance, don’t forget to add roof cleaning to your seasonal maintenance to-do list.

At J&J Roofing in Roseville, we know that roof maintenance is an essential part of making sure your roof performs well for many years down the road. We’ve put together this guide to help you clean your roof safely. Follow these steps to clean your roof and give J&J Roofing a call to schedule your springtime roof inspection and repair services.

  1. Check the weather.

A spring day with relatively no wind is your best bet for a good outcome when it comes to roof cleaning. Rather than a sunny, warm day, aim for a cooler, slightly overcast one with little chance of rain.

  1. Check the condition of your roof.

When your roof is starting to look discolored or less attractive, it’s definitely time for a cleaning. But even if your roof still looks pretty good, getting a jump on roof stains can make all the difference when it comes to the long-term appearance of your roof.

Take a walk around your home and survey your roof for signs of staining, moss, or algae growth, and make a note of any problem areas. Pay careful attention to areas where trees hang close to your home. Most importantly, make sure there are no loose or missing shingles or damaged flashing before you begin.

  1. Use a harness.

Before you climb onto your roof, you need to pick up a safety harness. You can get a full-body safety harness at your local home improvement store or online.

  1. Use the right kind of hose.

When your roof is looking rough, it might be tempting to grab a pressure washer. But pressure washers should never be anywhere near your roof since they can be damaging to your shingles and underlayment. Instead, use a garden hose to clean our roof’s asphalt shingles.

  1. Use the right kind of cleaner.

Some websites will recommend cleaning your roof using a mixture of chlorine bleach and water. However, bleach can be damaging to your roofing shingles and should be avoided. Lye products are also not the best option for asphalt shingles. Instead of going with a harsh chemical on your shingles, choose a gentle cleanser designed especially for roof cleaning.

Call for a Roof Inspection

Before you get started on your roof cleaning, consider having your roof checked by a professional roof repair service. To schedule your roof inspection, call J&J Roofing at 586-445-6455 or contact us online to connect with a roof repair contractor