Cleaning Your Metal Roof in the Spring Time

April 15, 2018 by Katie Jones Tags : ,

During the spring, flowers and trees start to bloom, which can lead to an increase in the amount of pollen around your home. Even if you’re not allergic, pollen can still cause problems, especially when you start noticing the yellow powder building up your home’s exterior. When you have a metal roof on your house, you could spot a thick layer of pollen settling there, which doesn’t look very appealing. Cleaning your roof can be a challenge, but these tips will help you keep it looking great.

Check with the Manufacturer

Before you start cleaning your metal roof, it’s important to check with your roofing manufacturer. Some metal roofing warranties don’t cover damage when it is caused by exposure to damaging materials or chemicals. You may need to stick with plain water when you’re cleaning the shingles or use a recommended product that will protect the materials from damage.

Assess the Scope

Before doing anything, assess the condition of the surface. If there is corrosion or peeling paint, don’t use metal instruments to scrape excessively, for you can cause permanent damage to the roof itself. If you can’t avoid removing excess paint or corrosion, consider using a wire brush or flat-blade putty knife gently to avoid scraping or scudding the actual metal surface permanently.

Use a Power Washer

The first step in cleaning your metal roof is using a power washer to get rid of as much of the pollen as possible. Stick to using just water or use a gentle detergent as harsh soaps can strip the coating that protects your metal shingles, leaving them exposed to the elements. Leaving any residue behind after you’ve finished power washing the roof can also damage the coating, which can impact the durability and longevity of the roof.

Hire a Professional

Climbing up on your roof can be very dangerous. If you slip, you could become seriously injured. Putting your foot in the wrong place could also result in damage to your roofing materials, which will be expensive and time-consuming to repair.

Instead of trying to take on this job yourself, leave it to the pros at Willamette Power Roofing and Roof Cleaning. We have been in business for nearly three decades and specialize in roof cleaning services.