As a homeowner, one of the biggest parts of the entire experience is keeping your home clean. You may not enjoy it as much as other parts of the homeowning experience, but this process is absolutely essential for the cleanliness and value of your home moving forward. While your cleaning duties should take priority, be sure to consider all the different areas of your home that may need to be cleaned – both inside and outside. Although it should be obvious, one area that often gets overlooked and left dirty is the roof of a home.
If you have read any of our previous blog posts, you already know that keeping your aluminum roof clean is an important part of extending its lifespan and promoting its beauty. We have briefly touched on the importance of cleaning your aluminum roof during the various seasons of the year, but we wanted to give you more helpful tips. Here are our aluminum roofing cleaning tips so your roof stays in top condition for many years!
Aluminum roofing cleaning tips
Power washing is recommended
When getting ready to clean something as huge and complicated as an entire roof, there are some tools that work better than others. A power washer is one of the best tools for cleaning your aluminum roof because of the force the water exerts. This force is enough to clear your roof of common debris, but it will not damage your roof in any way. But we understand that not everyone has access to a power washer, so it is not the only option for cleaning your roof. If you are not interested in using a power washer on your aluminum roof, the next entry in our aluminum roofing cleaning tips post will give you other options that will also work.
Use the correct tools
If power washing is not your forte, there are other tools that will work perfectly fine on your aluminum roof. Some of the other tools that you can use are washcloths, soft bristle brushes, sponges, and scrubbing pads. Although these tools are very effective in cleaning your roof, they are smaller and may take a lot more time.
Once you have the correct tools, you need to get the correct chemicals to clean your roof. If you want to use more than just water, we recommend a mild detergent, laundry soap, car washing soap, or even dish soap. Any of these options will get the job done and will do no harm to your beautiful aluminum roof. Another route you could go is with commercial detergents that you may be able to get at bulk prices.
Use safety equipment
Once you get the correct cleaning tools and materials, you are almost ready to begin cleaning your aluminum roof. But before you even consider getting on your roof, you must acquire the correct safety equipment. Some of the safety equipment you should be using includes a safe and sturdy ladder, shoes with good grip, and even a fall protection system. When it comes to doing work on a roof at any time, safety should always be your top priority. You do not want to take a chance of injuring yourself on such a project.
Do not clean in inclement weather
On the topic of safety, we recommend that you never clean your roof during inclement weather. If it is raining, snowing, or just cold in general, aluminum roof cleaning should be the last thing that you are worrying about. Even if you cleaned your roof during this weather, your roof would get dirty again and your hard work would be ruined. It is best to simply wait until the weather is clear and then use the proper practices to clean your roof effectively.
Clean with more than one person
This rule of thumb goes for anything related to roofing: do not work on or clean your metal roof by yourself. If you are working on your roof alone and something happens to you, there is a possibility that any accidents could be fatal or result in serious injuries.
After reading through our aluminum roofing cleaning tips, we hope that you are confident in your ability to maintain your beautiful roof. But if you need any additional information, please contact us today at 801-484-3321. We are happy to give you advice and help you with anything related to your aluminum roofing.