Tile roofs are often preferred by homeowners because they are so low-maintenance. They don't grow moss like shingle roofs, and they don't attract termites and other bugs like cedar shake roofs. However, tile roofs do require some maintenance. That maintenance mostly comes in the form of cleaning. If you keep the roof clean, not only will it look better, but it will last longer — and problems like cracks will be easier to identify. Keep reading for the down-low on cleaning tile roofs.
1. You really need to have it professionally done.
Cleaning a tile roof is not like cleaning a tile floor. For one, you have to be very careful when walking across roof tiles, or else you might break them. Also, roof tiles get slippery when wet, which makes them dangerous to walk on. You'll need the right equipment, too. For these reasons, you are better off hiring a pro to clean your tile roof rather than attempting this on your own. Since you only need to have this done once every couple of years, it's not too much of an expense.
2. Cleaning solutions are sometimes hazardous to the plants below.
One of the main goals of cleaning a tile roof is usually to remove and prevent algae growth. The chemicals used to remove algae often kill larger plants, too. Therefore, you will need to take steps to protect the plants below while your roof is being cleaned. You can put plastic tarps over bushes to protect them. Wait to plant flowers and smaller plants until after your roof has been cleaned.
3. It's easiest to have repairs done at the same time as the cleaning.
When you call and schedule your tile cleaning service, ask if you can schedule a basic repair service at the same time. This way, the roofing company can go through and replace any cracked tiles while they're already up there. This will save you money in the long run since you won't have to pay for two separate appointments with the roofers. It will also save you from having to spend the time making two appointments. Your roof will probably only have a few cracked tiles if you follow up with this service regularly, but it's best to replace them sooner rather than later.
Tile roofs require cleaning at least every couple of years. Leave this to the professionals, have your roof repaired at the same time, and make sure you protect your plants from hazardous cleaners.
To learn more, contact a company that offers roof cleaning services.