Your roof does so much for your home – it protects it from the heat, rain, sun, and other elements. Without a roof, your home would not be safe or secure. While clay tile roofs can last for as long as a century, other types of tile roofs last an impressively long 50 years as well – as long as you take good care of them.
Not regularly completing cleaning and maintenance can significantly reduce the lifespan of your tile roof. If you have access to a pressure washer then cleaning that roof is much easier than you may think. Read on to learn some of the best tips for cleaning a tile roof with a pressure washer. If you are interested in buying a pressure washer or pressure washer accessories, Hydro Tek is here to help.
The advantages of cleaning your roof
Believe it or not, there are numerous advantages to ensuring that your roof is regularly cleaned. As noted above, it is the best way to extend the life of your roof. Once you have the tiles cleaned, you can re-seal, prime, and / or paint the roof and it will be absorbed much better than if the roof was dirty. These steps can help prevent moss from growing and dirt from staining your roof.
Cleaning your roof regularly also gives you a chance to find any damage that has happened to your roof. The sooner you locate any damage, the more easily it can be fixed. If you do not notice the issues, you can end up dealing with drafts, leaks, and even mildew and algae growth. This time of damage causes serious aesthetic issues as well
What you need to clean your tile roof
To clean your tile roof, you want a pressure washer that’s set between 1200 and 1500 psi. You may need cleaning chemicals depending on how much dirt and debris you have on your roof. In many cases, the water pressure is enough to get the roof clean. You’ll also need either a ladder or an extension for your pressure washer that lets you hit your mark from the ground. For your protection, be sure you are wearing long pants and long sleeves and have eye protection on.
Tips for cleaning a roof with a pressure washer
Walking directly on the tile roof can be slippery and it could cause damage to your roof. As a result, we recommend spraying it from a ladder or the ground. If you do need to step on your tile roof for any reason, make sure you step on a spot that’s try and choose the flattest possible stop. Wear shoes that have traction.
Do you need more tips on how to clean your tile roof? Contact Hydro Tek for help getting all the pressure washing equipment you need.