How To Clean Roof Shingles

Owning a home is a huge accomplishment. It’s often viewed as one of the most important investments that a person will make in their lifetime. Naturally, you as a homeowner want to take good care of your investment over the years. By taking care of your home, you have a better chance of maintaining its value. One of the main parts of your home that needs special attention every year is your roof and its shingles.

Your home’s roof sees a lot through the 365 days in a year. It sees snow, heavy wind and rain, scorching hot days, bird poop, and so much more! Maintaining your roof is essential for it to last as long as possible. There are some easy ways that you can maintenance your roof each year to make sure that it’s looking just as good as when it was first installed. One main way to keep your roof looking brand new is to clean your shingles every season.

Have you noticed that your shingles appear streaked, faded, or even darker than they were when the roof was installed? This could be due to several different things and situations. For example, there could be an accumulation of dirt, mildew, mold, or even a blue-green algae known as Gloeocapsa Magma that is spread by airborne spores. Yuck!

If you have been living with an unsightly roof thinking that there was nothing that you can do, things are about to change! Here are a few easy steps to cleaning your asphalt shingles that will give your roof a brand new look.

Here’s what you’ll need to clean your roof’s shingles:

  • Cleaner
  • Pump sprayer
  • Garden hose with spray nozzle
  • Safety glasses or goggles
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety rope + A spotter on the ground
  • Old clothes
  • Slip resistant shoes
  • Ladder

Recipe for solution to clean your roof’s shingles:

  • 1 quart bleach (6% sodium hypochlorite)
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1/4 cup TSP (trisodium phosphate) or other heavy duty cleaner (don’t use a cleaner that contains ammonia or is not recommended for mixing with bleach, as it can result in poisonous chlorine gas)

Note: Be sure to contact the roofing company who installed your roof initially to make sure that your cleaning method is safe for your shingles. 

Step 1

Pour the cleaning mixture into your garden sprayer and soak use it to spray a manageable section of your roof with the solution.

Step 2

Allow the solution to dry for at least 20 minutes.

Step 3

Spray off the solution from the area that was treated with a garden hose and you’re finished!

After a few short hours and over the next few days, you will notice a difference in the appearance of your roof’s shingles! If you are in the Cleveland, TN or Chattanooga, TN area and need a professional roofing company, give Premiere Roofing Services a call! Be sure to request a 100% FREE, no obligation roof inspection! We look forward to serving you and your family.

Note: Use extra precaution when standing or moving around on your roof. We recommend that you seek out expert help and advice from a professional roofing company. Your risk for injury is increased if you do not take proper precautions. Premiere Roofing Services in Cleveland, TN, is not responsible for any and all injuries occurred.