Spring is just around the corner and you have a list a mile long of all the tasks that need to be done. On top of your list should be cleaning and repairing your tile roof. Over the months and years, your roof will take a beating from the sun, rain, and wind. Moss, stains, and mildew can also accumulate and cause your roof to be the eyesore of the neighborhood. Here are some tips on how to clean your tile roof to ensure it continues to protect you and your family from the elements.
Tools to clean your roof tiles
Before you start cleaning, make sure you have all the proper tools to do a thorough job. A pressure washer with the appropriate nozzles rated for 1200 to 1500 psi will make your job a lot easier. Also, make sure you have a secure ladder with foot stays. When you are on the roof, you need to be able to distribute your weight to avoid cracking tiles. Plywood with foam on the underside will lessen the pressure of your weight. Cleaning chemicals are also a resourceful tool in roof cleaning.
- Krud Kutter Multi-Purpose House Wash Concentrate is a cleaning formula that, when diluted properly, can cover 4000 square feet.
- Defy Roof Cleaner is a biodegradable product that is harmless to vegetation and is a less harsh option.
- Homemade cleaners are easy to make if you would rather DIY. A combination of bleach, water, and trisodium phosphate should be left on your tile for 20 minutes then rinsed off with water.
After you’ve cleaned your tiles, remember to re-coat them with sealant. Cleaners can wash away the protective coatings used to protect tiles from dirt, moisture, and damage. You may also need to paint your tiles after the cleaning.
Now that your roof is clean, sealed, and painted, you are able to see which tiles need to be replaced completely. Chipped, cracked, or broken tiles allow moisture into your house and can cause damage that you may not find until it is too late.