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How To Clean A Metal Roof

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Is your roof covered in dirt, leaves, water stains, rust stains, mold, or mildew? These elements can ruin the aesthetic of your beautiful home and even cause problems for your roof if left untreated.

Metal roofs are a popular type of roofing, which NEWPRO Home Solutions installs on the homes of many New England homeowners every year. The key benefits of metal roofing are its durability, low maintenance, and long lifespan.

Typically, less is more when it comes to cleaning your metal roof. Intense cleaning or using the wrong tools and products can damage your beautiful roof. That’s why we’re sharing professional advice for metal roof cleaning from our team of NEWPRO expert roofers.

So, to keep your metal roof looking clean and as good as new, follow these steps to clean your roof like a pro.

Why You Should Clean Your Metal Roof

  • Extend the Life of Your Roof
    Cleaning your metal roof on a regular basis can help to increase its longevity. Regular cleaning can help to maintain the integrity of the roof panels and remove any particles on the surface.
  • Keep It Looking Fresh
    Once you’ve invested in a metal roof that is built to last for many decades, you’ll want to keep it looking as clean and fresh as new. A clean roof can enhance the appearance of your home, and if you choose to sell your home, it will appear more attractive to prospective buyers.
  • Remove Dirt, Residue, and Other Elements
    Common elements, from pollen to small sticks, can get stuck in your metal roof over time. By carrying out yearly metal roof maintenance and cleaning, you can get rid of unwanted dirt and grime and prevent buildup.

Safety Precautions

First things first, your safety is the most important thing to consider in your roof cleaning process. Follow these tips for a smooth, safe, and stress-free roof clean. If your roof is difficult to access or you aren’t feeling confident, consider hiring a professional to clean your roof.

  • Always have at least one other person present when you clean your roof.
  • Wear well-fitting shoes with grippy soles and protective clothing at all times.
  • We highly recommend fall protection gear like a harness if you have access to it.
  • Use a high-quality, stable ladder.

What Not to Use on Your Metal Roof

Some tools and products can do more damage than good when treating your metal roof. Using the wrong equipment and cleaning products can result in scratches and even corrosion. To avoid these issues, refrain from using the following items to clean your roof:

  • Power washers/pressure washers
  • Paint thinners or paint removers
  • Steel wool
  • Wire brushes
  • Sandpaper
  • Acetone
  • Acids
  • Cleaning powders or pastes

The Best Tools to Use on Your Metal Roof

So, which tools should you use to clean your metal roof? Now you know the types of products and tools to avoid, here are the best tools to use for the ultimate roof clean.

  • Soft bristle brush
  • Soft washcloth
  • Non-abrasive pad or sponge (not foam)

How to Clean Your Metal Roof

Start With Water

Many homeowners find that cleaning metal roofing with plain water is enough to get the job done. The ideal time for this is an overcast day. Start from as high up on the roof as you can reach safely, and spray the roof with a garden hose. Let the water run off and clean the roof’s surface.

Add Detergent or Soap

If you’re not satisfied with the results of cleaning your roof with water, try using a mild laundry detergent, mild dish soap, or car washing soap.

Make a solution by combining a quarter cup of detergent per gallon of water. Use a soft washcloth, pad, or sponge to apply the cleaning solution to the surface of your roof. Leave it there for up to 10 minutes, then rinse it off with water. You can repeat this process if necessary.

Is It Time for a Roof Replacement?

Cleaning your metal roof from time to time is a great way to maintain it for the future. However, if your metal roof is damaged or experiencing issues that are beyond cleaning, it may be time for a roof replacement. At NEWPRO Home Solutions, our team of expert roofers will guide you every step of the way, from the initial consultation to handling the warranty for years to come. Contact us today for more information and request a free quote with no obligation!

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