The extreme conditions of the different seasons can wreak havoc on your roof. Rain, snow, ice, fog, and shade from trees create the perfect environment for fungi and moss to grow, while the sun’s UV rays can damage your roof’s asphalt shingles. While all this can wear away your roof, regular roof cleaning can help.
One of the most frequent questions homeowners in Surrey ask us is how long it takes to clean a roof. This post will give you the information you need to learn more about roof cleaning and how long the process takes.
How Long Does It Take To Clean a Roof?
It often takes our professional team anywhere between two and five hours to clean a roof. However, the exact time depends on several factors, such as your roof’s size and condition.
The following factors will affect how long it will take us to clean your roof professionally.
State of Your Roof
The roof cleaning will take longer if you have a roof in poor condition or covered with debris and leaves. We need the added time because we have to clear all the debris before spraying the cleaning solution. Otherwise, the shingles will not be completely saturated and will need more applications.
The Size of Your Roof
The larger the roof, the longer the cleaning process will take. Also, the number of roof faces your home has will play a role.
Though many homes in Surry have two roof faces, some homes have more. Cleaning such roofs will take longer because we will need to spray each face. Since we do this from a ladder on the gutter line, we will need to move the ladder multiple times, extending the process.
Your home’s landscape becomes another factor that affects how long it will take to clean your roof. Before starting the roof-cleaning, we must first ensure that your landscaping stays safe from the cleaning solutions we use.
Since this process happens to be the most time-sensitive step, the more ornate your landscape, the longer the cleaning will take.
Your Roof’s Age
Your roof’s age will determine the cleaning process we use. As such, the age of your roof impacts how long the cleaning will take. For instance, we use soft wash systems when cleaning old roofs, starting the process by applying certain detergents and surfactants that seep into your roof’s pores and pits.
We then use gentle but strong, soft wash cleansers that dissolve different residues, such as dust, dirt, grit, soot, and grime. These systems apply pressure not that much stronger than that of a garden hose or leaf blower. This ensures that we don’t destroy or loosen old, brittle roofing tiles or wash away the damaged granules.
Proper Roof Cleaning Is Not a DIY Job
Unlike cleaning the rest of your Surrey home, you should always leave roof cleaning to the professionals. Consider the many reasons why you should opt against renting a pressure washer and tackling your roof cleaning project on your own.
It Can Be Dangerous
Trying to balance on your roof is already dangerous on its own. Imagine trying to do so while managing a powerful pressure washer as you stand on a slick, sloped surface. This activity proves not only difficult and almost impossible for the inexperienced, but it is also very risky. Falling off your roof can lead to severe injuries and, in some cases, even fatalities.
You Could Damage Shingles
Spraying your roofing shingles and tiles from below can loosen their staples and nails. This may make them more likely to come loose during storms and high winds.
It Won’t Be as Effective
Thorough roof cleaning requires expertise. You need to know how to reach the debris and dirt hidden between the crevices of your roofing shingles without damaging them. Without adequate skill and experience, you will not know how to clean around vents, flashing, chimneys, and other features your roof might have.
You Do Not Have Access to the Right Tools
Professional contractors know the right equipment and tools to use for the job. For instance, we know the correct surfactant or detergent to use to dissolve grime and dirt without drying your roof’s shingles and causing damage.
Professional Roof Cleaning in Surrey
ClearView Home Services provides you with the best roof and gutter cleaning services in Surrey. Thanks to our experience and expertise, we offer homeowners results-driven quality services and some much-needed peace of mind.