A Beginner's Guide to Power Washing Your Roof
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Living in Northern Kentucky or Greater Cincinnati, you have probably picked up on the fact that you need to complete power washing and roof cleaning on your property on a regular basis. Pollen and foliage debris land on your roof and cause damage. There are pests to contend with. And winter is notorious for whipping sand and salt mixtures onto siding and roofs. Before you fire up the pressure washer, here are a few tips.
Check your warranty and insurance policy
If you have recently purchased a new home or a new roof, make sure to check with your builder as new roofs usually have warranties. Each warranty has specific terms from the manufacturer that specify what kind of repairs and maintenance can be performed on the roof. Check to make sure you don't do anything that might void your new roof's warranty. You may also want to check your homeowner's insurance policy. Damage sustained to your home and injuries incurred while pressure washing your own roof may not be covered by your homeowner's insurance.
Test your height tolerance
Getting on top of a residential or commercial roof for the first time can be dangerous. Before attempting to climb on the roof with a bunch of equipment, check to make sure you are comfortable with the height. The last thing you need is to be on the top rung of the ladder and have a panic attack, dizziness, or breathing difficulties hit you.
Grab a friend
Keep in mind, climbing on a slippery roof is dangerous. So having another person around in case the ladder falls or worse, if you fall, is highly recommended. Besides, it never hurts to have an assistant to grab a tool, hold the ladder steady, or change the radio station.
Use low-level pressure
Power washers utilize very high-pressure water. The wrong setting or the wrong tip on the device can damage paint, siding, and other surface. If low pressure is not used, it's all too easy to severely damage your roof causing water leaks and hundreds to thousands of dollars in damage.
Have it professionally done
There is a lot that goes into power washing a home, and it is especially critical when pressure washing the roof. Shingles, flashing, and other roofing material can become dislodged if you have never power washed a roof before. If all of this sounds like a hassle, you could have the roof professionally power washed.