Removing debris from your roof and regularly cleaning it is an important part of maintaining your roof. It not only preserves the aesthetics of your property but also ensures the roof remains in good condition for long. Whether it’s a pile of leaves from a nearby tree, dust blown to your roof by a storm, or the rubble of a damaged roof, you need to carefully remove the roof debris. By the end of it, you should stay safe and avoid damaging your roof during the cleaning process. This way, you defer the need to do costly repairs.

At Tornado Roofing Co, we understand the struggle you’d go through to remove debris from your roof. We’ve put together a guide to help you remove roof debris successfully and remain safe throughout the process.

Pick the Right Weather

Of all precautions, picking a day when the weather is right is critical to your success as you remove roof debris. First of all, it should be during the day when you can see things clearly. Then avoid days when it looks like it’ll rain. Water on the roof surface can make it slippery, which can easily cause your fall as you move around the roof. You also want to avoid heavily windy days. You don’t want to sweep your roof as the wind blows more debris on it. The best time to clean your roof is during spring. You won’t just be safe cleaning your roof but will also address any damages in time before winter

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Get the Right Climbing Gear

If you are afraid of heights, it’s safer to just hire someone to do the job for you. But if you are determined to climb up, take the initiative to buy or borrow a ladder. You can also get a support rope to secure yourself when you go up there. Needless to say, you should put on slip-resistant shoes to avoid the possibility of sliding and falling down. When you climb up there, don’t step directly on the shingles so you don’t spoil them. If possible, just work while standing on the ladder. Let someone hold the ladder so you don’t fall.

Blow the Leaves, Twigs, and Light Debris Away

A leaf blower will help you remove the light leaves, twigs, and light debris. Using a leaf blower it a great idea because you’ll get to clean even in areas you can’t reach physically. All you need to do is to switch it on and channel the blower in the direction of the debris. This should blow all the light debris and dust away, leaving behind a clean roof surface. You want to be careful with the blower because it can damage your shingles or lift them off if you point it towards them directly. Avoid blowing parts of your roof away by all means. Also, don’t blow towards your chimney if you have one. You don’t want to blow soot into the interiors of your home.

If a leaf blower is not an option for you, then you’ll need a broom instead. Though it is limiting, a broom can help you get more than just light leaves, twigs, and other debris. Take caution with the shingles when sweeping because you can easily damage them with aggressive sweeping. If you decide to walk on the roof, step on areas supported with a frame from the inside. Always test if your footing is secure before you take a step.

Another method you might want to consider is using a power hose. Don’t apply any pressure with this because it can easily blow your shingles away. Blowing without pressure won’t damage your roof as you hose away the debris.

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Gutters Need Cleaning Too

Some of the leaves you’ll blow or sweep from the rooftop will inevitably land in the gutters. So, you need to follow up and remove all these leaves and other debris that might be trapped there. You might also discover that there’s a clog in the drainage of your gutters, making it necessary to clear the clog. If you leave it there, it could lead to the growth of algae and moss on your roof which you want to avoid by all means.

It’s important to note that gutters require routine cleaning because they can easily contribute to the damaging of your roof. Make sure you have a schedule on when you’ll be cleaning them. If they are bothersome to clean or for some reason you are uncomfortable doing the job, contact a roofing professional to do the cleaning for you. Ideally, twice every year.

Pick the Heavier Objects

If your roof has heavy objects that cannot be blown away or swept by a broom, you need to make the effort to go up there and pick them by hand. These could be hauled stones, tree branches that fell on your roof, or any other random object (could even be a shoe). When you get this stuff out of your roof surface, inspect the roof to be sure it’s in good condition. If there’s any kind of damage, reach out to a roofing professional to address it as soon as possible to avoid further destruction.

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Prevent the Growth of Algae

They say “prevention is better than cure”. When it comes to roofing, it’s better to address algae growth and other staining issues before they damage your roof and cost you more to repair or replace the roof. This might sound like a huge task you need to undertake but it’s actually very simple. All you need to do is to buy prevention products from a local hardware store and use them according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You can also get chemical solutions that can remove algae if it already exists.

As an alternative, you should install metallic strips like copper on the edges of your roof. Here’s how this works. You have your strips in place, it rains, the water containing ion from the metal strips runs over your roof, meets algae, and destroys it. That simple. These strips are easy to install, long-lasting, and very cost-effective for anyone looking to save money as they effectively maintain their roof.

Inspect Your Roof

Inspection is a part of this process before and after cleaning off debris. You should have an idea of what you are up to before you climb up your roof. But it’s more important to inspect your roof after the cleaning. This gives you an opportunity to identify if there are any problems with the shingles and even the structure of the roof. If you spot any compromises, try to address them immediately. Bent or dented shingles will need straightening and any holes on the roof might need a professional to do the repair job.

Make Removing Debris From Your Roof a Habit

Your roof can be a habitat of all manner of creatures and pests if you don’t take great care of it. It’s a good thing that you found time to do the cleaning this time. But do you know what’s better? Scheduling cleaning dates in the course of the year. This will entirely depend on the type of roof you have. A flat roof under trees might need more frequent cleaning than a slanting roof that’s somewhere without trees. Monitor your situation closely to see how and when debris builds up on your roof. Once you have this in mind, prepare a calendar to make sure you address the problem in time.

Why Remove Debris From Your Roof?

Many homeowners ignore debris on their roof surfaces because they assume roof debris will fall on their own. Some people have been lucky and nothing has happened to their roof. However, it’s not wise to leave the buildup of debris on your roof. Take action right away and enjoy the following:

  • It helps you keep your roof in good shape and makes sure it’s aesthetically pleasing
  • Prevent the damage to your roof that might be caused by rotting debris
  • You get to address roof damage in time before they become costly to repair
  • You avoid developing pools of water on your roof surfaces and keep the gutters unclogged
  • No pests and insects will live hidden in the debris on the roof
  • A roof that lasts to beat its estimated lifespan

Let the Expert Roofers do the Cleaning for You

Removing debris from your roof is not difficult or time-wasting. All you need is a leaf blower and a broom and skills to do the job. However, it’s possible to hurt yourself in the process or do poor work. Hiring professional roofing contractors saves you all that hassle and delivers quality results. Besides, a roofing expert knows what to look for to identify any possible issues with the roof and gutters. Tornado Roofing Co does the best job in Florida. Reach out to us for all your roofing needs.