Removing Mold From Your Roof

Mold formation is a normal phenomenon that occurs in most homes and roofs are no exception. They are dark black stains and marks that although harmless, are undesirable to look at. While the first thought would be replacing your roof, it is not entirely necessary. There are many ways molds, such as moss and algae, can be removed from your roof to give it a clean look without calling any licensed roofers in Orlando for a new roof.

Bleach Cleaning

Bleach cleaning is an effective way of clearing moss from your roof, as clean water is just a short-term solution. Water only removes the stains for a short while, after which, mold re-grows to form the unsightly dark streaks once more. Bleach mixed with water and Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) excellently removes mold stains from your roof and is do-it-yourself friendly. You can also call Orlando roofing companies that are conversant with bleach cleaning to assist you through the process.

It is important to note that different types of bleaches produce different results. While chlorine yields immediate results, it is not as environment-friendly as oxygen bleach, which is not as fast-acting as chlorine.

The items recommended by Orlando roofers that you will need to clean your roof with bleach are:

  • Gallon of water
  • Quart of bleach
  • Quarter cup of TSP
  • Protective glasses
  • Protective clothing
  • Non-slip shoes
  • Ladder and rope
  • Pump spray
  • Gloves
  • Breathing mask
  • Garden hose

Before cleaning, contact Janney Roofing on advice and recommendations if you plan to clean your roof yourself. This is to ensure you follow the required guidelines to yield the best results. If you use a store-bought roof cleaning solution, follow instructions on the package carefully.

Mix the ingredients inside a pump spray and spray only on the mold stains. Allow the bleach solution to sit on the roof for 15-20 minutes before using a garden hose to rinse out the entire roof with clean water. Do this on a cloudy day to avoid evaporation of the cleaning solution. Orlando roofers will be able to assist you in this process if the task proves to be difficult.

Safety Precautions

If your roof is steep, avoid it. Janney Roofing will take care of the mold for you. Steep roofs are difficult to maneuver especially for amateurs. Orlando roofers may also provide material for working on steep roofs.

Since you will be working with water, wear slip-resistant shoes, and tie a safety rope around you just in case of a fall. Wear a breathing mask to protect your lungs from chemical fumes. Wear gloves and other protective clothing to protect your skin from chemical burns.

Be sure to wet any plants around your roof with clean water so that the bleach does not kill them.

Preventive Measures

Metals such as copper and zinc inhibit mold growth because they are toxic to algae. To keep mold re-formation at bay, Janney Roofing will install these metal strips along your roof to keep the shingles resistant to mold. Orlando roofers will also ensure that the shingles installed on your roof contain copper granules.