Spring Is Almost Here: Tips For Cleaning Your Roof After A Long Winter

Posted on: 8 February 2017

Winter can wreck havoc on your roof. Once the rain stops falling and the ice has melted from your roof, you can clean your roof and the surrounding areas, helping to protect your roof and remove any hazards that winter may have brought to it. Here are a few tips for cleaning your roof in the spring.

Trim Back Tree Branches

Strong winds and heavy rains may have damaged tree branches. If these branches are hanging low, they may be resting against the roof. Unfortunately, this can be damaging to the materials your roof is composed of. A tree branch blowing in the wind can wipe asphalt granules off asphalt shingles while a heavy branch can crack ceramic tiles. Additionally, the tree may grow leaves in the spring that can fall off and clog up your gutters. Trimming the branches back helps to prevent these issues.

Clean the Gutters

When it rains, dirt, dust and other debris may fall from your roof into the gutters. Unfortunately, not all of the debris may exit the gutters. This can make a gutter heavy and impede the flow of water through the trough. As such, when spring begins to hit, you will want to clean your gutters. The first step to cleaning your gutters is removing as much debris, such as leaves and sticks, as you can by hand. From there, you can use warm, soapy water and a soft-bristled brush to scrub away dirt and dust that may be caked inside. Once the gutter is clean, water will flow through the trough as it should, which is beneficial to both your roof and your foundation.

Remove the Mildew and Mold

The last tip for cleaning your roof in the spring is to remove any mold, mildew, algae or moss that may have formed on the roof. Mold and mildew are extremely common on asphalt roofs but can grow on other roofing types as well. Mold and mildew can discolor roofing materials, make the roof look unkempt and/or cause cracks to form in some materials. Simply mix one cup of water with one cup of bleach in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the affected area and scrub it away with a soft cloth or soft scrubbing brush to remove mold, mildew, algae or moss from the roof.

In addition to cleaning your roof, it is recommended that you call in a roofing company to inspect your roof in both the spring and the fall. Strong winds in the winter can blow shingles or tiles off, whereas ice can cause shingles and shakes to crack. A roofer can inspect your roof looking for signs of damage and repair any damage that is noticed, keeping your roof in great condition.