4 Tips For Cleaning Your Metal Roof

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One of the best parts about installing a metal roof on your business, aside from its great insulating and energy savings properties, is how easy it is to clean a metal roof. With a metal roof, you never have to worry about scrubbing away the granules like you do when cleaning a tile roof.

#1 Get the Right Cleaner

You need to make sure that you use the right cleaner on your metal roof. If you like to make your own cleaners, you can mix a cup of household-grade ammonia with five gallons of water. The water should be room temperature, not hot.

Or you can use a biodegradable, non-toxic roof cleaner. You want to use a roof cleaner that is nontoxic, as the cleaner is going to run off your roof into your gutters and into the ground water or onto your plants. You don't want to use a cleaner that will harm the vegetation.

#2 Get the Right Tools Together

You need to get the right tool together. There are a few different tools that you can use to clean your metal roof. You can use a soft-bristled, long-handled brush. Or you can use a sponge or soft cloth. Or you can use a pressure washer that is set to a low pressure rating. Any of these tools, or a combination of these tools, will work for cleaning your metal roof.

#3 Protect Yourself

Before you get up on your roof, make sure that you put your safety first. Only get up on your roof on a day with calm weather. Wear shoes that provide you with a good grip. Use a safety harness. Let someone know that you will be up on the roof and have them check in on you. If you don't feel comfortable climbing on your roof, contact a professional for commercial roof inspections.

#4 Start at the Bottom

Unlike cleaning the walls of your roof, you are going to want to start at the bottom of your roof and work your way up. Start where the pitch on your roof is the lowest, scrubbing and washing, and then work your way up to the top.

Work a panel at a time. After you clean an area of your roof, go back over it with clean water. The clean water will wash away any soap residue and prevent soap residue from accumulating on your roof, which you want to avoid.

It is easy to take care of your metal roof. All you need is a non-toxic, environmentally friendly soap, an appropriate cleaning tool, and a little time to scrub your roof clean. Clean your metal roof once or twice a year to keep it in good shape. If you encounter any mildew on your roof when you are cleaning, you can kill it with a diluted bleach mixture.  

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