27 Jun

How to Properly Clean Your Metal Roof

Categories: Metal Roofing

How to Properly Clean Your Metal RoofA metal roof looks stunning on any commercial or residential property. Just like any other roofing material, however, it does require some level of maintenance to keep it in optimal condition. You will want to clean your metal roof routinely, not only keep it looking great but also to prevent premature wear and tear. Here are a few tips on how to properly clean your metal roof.

Clean Off Debris

The first step to properly cleaning your metal roof is to clear all the leaves, sticks, pine needles, and other debris that may have fallen on your roof. Get onto your roof and use a soft-bristled broom to sweep off the debris. Routinely cleaning off your roof should be done, as fallen leaves and dirt can trap moisture, which can cause your metal roof to become damaged over time.

Non-Pressure Cleaning

The best way to clean a metal roof is not to pressure wash it. Using a pressure-based cleaning device can strip the coating off your metal roof. Instead, a mild detergent made from sodium hypochlorite with a surfactant is the preferred method by many roof cleaning companies and recommended by metal roofing manufacturers.

Pressure Cleaning

If you decide that you still would like to use a pressure-based cleaning device, you need to take extra care in not applying too much pressure to avoid either stripping the coating or spraying into roof vents.

Stay Off the Roof

Do not go onto the roof during the cleaning process. A metal roof will become increasingly slick and slippery. If you go onto your roof while it is still wet, the risk of a fall or accident is much greater.

Your roof should be cleaned every few years, and it is always best if you hire a professional. For more information about metal roofing, contact Peak Roofing & Construction. Call (972) 335-7325 (Dallas-Fort Worth) or 512-415-6888 (Austin), to schedule an appointment today.

Jeff Riss

Jeff has 20 years of sales experience, a love of roofing, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. He leads Peak Roofing & Construction’s team but also is known for getting his hands (and knees) dirty on a job site. His passion for customer service, integrity, and quality craftsmanship drives his success. Peak Roofing & Construction is a family-owned, locally-operated business focused on doing things the right way. His deep understanding of roofing, gutters, windows, fences and exterior painting provide a strong foundation for running the business and serving his customers.

2 responses to “How to Properly Clean Your Metal Roof”

  1. Sandra says:

    What product can I use to clean my metal roof? It is black and I’m guessing it is from the pecan trees that go around the house.

    • Mary Beth Barnett says:

      Thank you for your response. We don’t have an over-the-counter cleaning chemical that we recommend because it could damage the roof’s finish. Sticking with a mild detergent is the safest approach.

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