Asphalt shingles are relatively common in the United States as they are affordable and efficient. Made from a mixture of asphalt, granules, sealants, fiberglass, and release film, these types of shingles are lightweight, waterproof, and fireproof.
However, asphalt shingles aren’t invincible. In order to prolong the lifespan of your shingles, it’s essential that you clean your roof regularly. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at why it’s important to clean your roof, and an at-home method you can try to get your roof looking spotless.
Importance of Roof Maintenance
Moss is a plant that spreads via spores carried in the wind, landing on your roof and thriving on the surface. While moss may seem harmless, it actually is quite dangerous to your roof, and when left on your shingles for too long, can cause serious issues.
Moss can ruin shingles by causing them to curl or lift at the edges. Once shingles are loosened, they can blow off in the wind and need replacement. In addition, no shingles on your roof means that your roof loses the waterproofing element, potentially leading to leaks if the shingle is not replaced.
Cleaning Your Asphalt Shingles
So, how do you clean your asphalt shingles?
The answer lies in an equal part mixture of water and chlorine bleach, and a garden hose. Using a 50:50 chlorine bleach/water mixture allows for the bleach to kill the moss and other potentially harmful bugs residing on the shingles, while the water keeps the bleach from being too potent and damaging the integrity of the shingles themselves (not to mention the live plants below your house).
To clean your shingles, follow these easy steps:
- Take the 50:50 water/bleach mixture in a sprayer and attach it to a garden hose.
- Spray the roof with the mixture and allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse the mixture off with just water. Never use a high-pressurized blast from a power or pressure washer unless you are a professional. Too high of a blast can harm your shingles rather than help them.
Sometimes moss is stubborn and doesn’t entirely go away after just one wash. If this is the case, then repeat the above process at least 2 to 3 times.
To prevent future dirtying of your asphalt roof, trim nearby tree branches, leaf blow the roof often, and keep the gutters clean.
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