DIY Roof Cleaning: Why It’s Not Advisable

Published: July 21, 2023 by Steven Griffin

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Roofs protect homes from inclement weather conditions, fallen debris, and UV radiation, but homeowners should use caution when performing DIY roof cleaning projects. Over 13,000 Americans require medical attention after falling from roofs annually. Working at great heights without the proper equipment quickly turns DIY projects into 911 emergencies. 

So leave your next roof cleaning project to the professionals. Cleaning your roof properly requires years of experience and training. Some stains on your roof may not respond to traditional cleaning methods, such as dish soaps, low-pressure garden hoses, and soft-bristle brushes. 

Keep reading to learn more about the risks of DIY roof cleaning. Professional roof cleaning services remove hazardous bacteria from roofs and require only one day of work. 

The Various Risks of DIY Roof Cleaning 

Never attempt to undertake DIY roof cleaning projects without the supervision of professionals. A simple misstep while working on your roof can lead to serious personal injuries and death. Homeowners risk harming themselves and their property by working on roofs without the proper equipment. 

The most substantial risks of performing DIY roof cleaning projects include the following: 

Property Damage 

An outdated or damaged roof may not have the structural integrity to support your weight. Compromised roofs break easily under pressure and may develop cracks, leaks, and holes if not maintained by professionals. Professional roof cleaners wear unique protective clothing and footwear to protect roofs and themselves. 

Costly roof replacements may prove necessary if you unknowingly damage the roof membrane, underlay, or shingles. Additionally, insurance companies may not cover the cost of roof damages inflicted by homeowners performing DIY roof cleaning. Thankfully, roofing experts have the proper insurance to prevent homeowners from paying for roof damages. 

Personal Injury 

Falling from your roof can cause broken bones, torn ligaments, concussions, spinal injuries, and more. Anyone performing roof cleaning by themselves remains susceptible to lethal injuries. In addition, certain roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles or metal panels, become very slippery when exposed to water, increasing the likelihood of homeowners falling from roofs. 

Poor Indoor Air Quality 

Moss growth, black mold, and excessive moisture on any type of roof can drastically decrease your home’s IAQ (indoor air quality). Hazardous bacteria migrate from roofs to air vents, ductwork, and fans, releasing contaminates into your home. Prolonged exposure to poor IAQ may cause trouble breathing, dizziness, fatigue, cardiovascular issues, and other health problems.

Experts recommend hiring roofing professionals for roof maintenance services twice a year. Roofs free of mold, mildew, and moss keep your home’s air clean, breathable, and refreshing. Clearing away toxic bacteria from roofs can also help reduce energy costs and improve your home’s curb appeal. 

Trust Sugar Land Roofing for All Your Roof Cleaning Needs

At Sugar Land Roofing, we have proudly served the Fort Bend community for many years. Refrain from DIY roof cleaning projects and speak to our excellent staff today! Call us at Sugar Land Roofing LLC at (832) 944-7663 to receive your free quote and learn more about properly cleaning roof shingles in Texas! 

About Steven Griffin

Steven Griffin has been in the roofing industry for over 30 years. He has worked with a host of roofing companies throughout Florida and Texas. He started Sugar Land Roofing with a vision of bringing quality roofing services at an affordable price to those living in the Greater Houston, Texas area.