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Roof cleaning: can you do it yourself?

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Cleaning your roof is essential to ensure it remains a durable and long-lasting purchase. On average, the roof of a house should be cleaned once or twice a year. However, if strong winds and dust storms are common in your area, or your house is under trees, you should do it more often. Our clients in Spokane often ask if they should hire a roofing company to clean the roof or can they clean the roof themselves? Of course, we would always advise using the help of a professional roofing company, and here is why:

Why do we not recommend a DIY roof cleaning

There are two main risks for cleaning your roof on your own.
  • Safety risks are associated with a chance of falling and getting seriously injured. Trained roof cleaners have specialized skills as well as professional safety equipment. If you think falling is an unlikely event, you need to consider that falls from roofs account for more than one-third of fall-related construction fatalities, even among roofing professionals. So even for those confident in their abilities, anyone can be a fall victim.
  • Improper roof cleaning techniques can lead to roof damage and breakage. For example, if you use a too hard brush or leaf blower, you may damage the roof shingles. Not all roof damage is evident to an untrained eye. By attempting to clean your roof yourself, you risk missing the signs of damage, such as an area in need of repair or a leak.
Unfortunately, these kinds of problems are quite common. That is why we recommend hiring a professional roofing company for your roof cleaning. This small expense is an investment for your home. Maintenance will help you to save money and extend the life of your roof. Over years of working across Spokane, we came across many cases and examples of improper roof cleaning techniques, which often cost the homeowners a lot of time and money. For example:
  • One of our customers contacted us to repair a damaged roof shingle that was a result of cleaning the roof with a leaf blower. The airflow was too strong and loosened the roof shingles so the roof had to be repaired.
  • Another Spokane customer destroyed the roof with a pressure washer in an attempt to clean it.
These are only some of the examples of DYI improper roof cleaning.

Top Roof Contractors in Spokane

If you are looking for reliable roof contractors in Spokane, contact our customer service at Advance Roofing LLC. We can help you keep your roof clean and extend its lifespan by regular maintenance and repairs if necessary. Call us for a free quote or a consultation at (509) 201-4190. We will be glad to help you!
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