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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How often should you clean your roof?

Some roof cleaning companies recommend that you clean your roof every couple of years, but you might need to do maintenance every year depending on the type of roof you have, the climate and the weather. Roofs in harsher climates tend to require more frequent cleaning.

Is it worth it to hire a roofer?

There are several reasons why it’s worth it to hire a professional roofer instead of attempting it yourself. The first is safety. Roofing is inherently dangerous, as a fall from a roof could seriously injure or kill you. Roofers have specialized equipment and training to help prevent accidents.  

Next is experience. Roofers know how to spot problems (leaks, missing shingles, moss or mold growth, etc.)  in your roof that could potentially save you from costly repairs down the road. 

And finally, roofers save you time by getting the job done quickly and with a high degree of quality.

Why do I need to clean my roof?

Over time, algae, moss, lichen, dirt and even salt (if you’re near the ocean) can build up on your roof. These buildups can affect the look and function of your roof unless removed. The buildup of organic materials such as moss on a shingle roof can prevent water from sloughing off as it normally would. Trapped water can rot the roof or cause early deterioration of your shingles. Even if you don’t have a shingle roof, moss and lichen absorb water, and that wet material adds weight and stress to your roof — as well as providing a home for insects and other pests, and collecting dirt. For reflective, cool roofs that redirect heat away from the home, algae and moss growths can hamper their ability to deflect the sun, which can affect utility bills. Visually, moss, dirt and algae growths on a roof can have a negative effect on perceived home value and curb appeal. For example, black algae streaks on your roof may cause a potential homebuyer to assume that the roof might need repair or replacement, when it only needs to be cleaned.

Can a roof be cleaned?

Yes roofs can be cleaned, and yes, it’s a real thing. Roof cleaning may actually be a wise investment to prolong the life of your roof. Overgrowth of moss, grime, lichen or algae can all shorten the life of your roof. If you have black streaks growing on your roof, they are likely caused by gloeocapsa magma algae spores that have landed on your roof and taken up residence. Once the algae has grown into streaks, the organism has usually been growing for several months and it’s high time to have it removed. If you live in a rainy part of the country, such as the Pacific Northwest, there’s a good chance you’ll find moss growing on your roof at some point. The northern part of your roof, as well as any parts that remain shaded all day, will provide a wet, cool haven for moss to flourish. Unfortunately this water-absorbing moss can damage your shingle roof, leading to rot if not removed. Beyond roof health and function, a clean roof can boost your curb appeal and potentially boost your home’s resale value. The national average for roof cleaning costs ranges between $270 and $350, although prices can be higher depending on how large your roof is, how steep your roof is, and what type of cleaning is necessary. Typically pros use either a pressure wash or chemical wash (made with a concentrated bleach solution) to remove algae, lichen, moss and dirt.

What chemicals are used to clean roofs?

Roof cleaning is done to remove moss, lichen, algae, and buildup of other grime and dirt. There are several methods for roof cleaning, which can include a chemical soft wash, pressure washing, low-pressure washing and hand washing. When a chemical soft wash is used, a bleach mixture is sprayed onto the roof. The bleach-based solution is absorbed by the algae or moss, which dies from exposure to the chemical. The roof is then sprayed with a low-pressure rinse of water, which loosens the now-dead material, allowing it to slide off the roof.

For homeowners, the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association recommends a mixture of 50 percent laundry-strength liquid chlorine bleach and 50 percent water. Professional roof cleaning companies will use an industrial mixture that is still safe but may be more effective in eliminating algae and moss growths. Asphalt shingle roofs are the most common type of roof, but each roofing material will have its own cleaning needs, so it’s best to consult with your roofing pro before diving in. Don’t do it yourself unless you can safely navigate your roof, the chemicals and a sprayer system. When in doubt, leave it to the pros.

How much does it cost to clean a roof?

The national average for roof cleaning costs ranges between $270 and $350. Factors that can affect the cost to clean your roof are the height of your house, the size and pitch (steepness) of your roof, and the complexity of your roof’s design and accessibility. Geographic location also plays a role in roof cleaning costs as regional labor rates and area costs to do business will vary. There are several ways to clean a roof. The most common is pressure washing. Industrial pressure washers can spray over 3,000 pounds per square inch (psi) of water — which is much too powerful for roof cleaning, and may tear off shingles and damage your roof. Confirm that the roof-cleaning pro you choose will only use a low-pressure sprayer to protect your roof investment. For large algae or moss growths, pros often recommend a combination of low-pressure washing with a bleach-based chemical solution. This is referred to soft washing and should handily remove any growths taking over your roof.

Reviews for Salem roof cleaning professionals
Jan B.
They did an excellent job cleaning my roof and gutters.
Lakeside roofing LLCLakeside roofing LLC
Bruce K.
Have roof cleaning scheduled waiting on the date to arrive
First Aid Roof CareFirst Aid Roof Care
Thumbtack Customer
The roof on the house is 12 years old and had not been maintained. Moss covered the north side. The gutters hadn't been cleaned in ages either. After the treatment the roof really does look like new and I am very happy with the results. The owner of First Aid Roof Care made sure everything was cleaned up, was easy to deal with, and the price was reasonable. I recommend this company if you need to clean your roof.
First Aid Roof CareFirst Aid Roof Care
Thumbtack Customer
He was prompt, thorough, clean and complete in cleaning our roof. Very pleased, he even got our roof done sooner than scheduled. He was very accommodating to our needs. Highly recommend!
First Aid Roof CareFirst Aid Roof Care
Thumbtack Customer
Great communication and response time. Did an outstanding job with our property's roof cleaning
The Go 2 Guys LLCThe Go 2 Guys LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Marked cleaned our roof, which had a lot of moss on it. He did an outstanding job and our roof looks like new! I would definitely use him again.
First Aid Roof CareFirst Aid Roof Care
Doug L.
Worker did an outstanding job cleaning and treating my roof. i will definitely use them again.
MJ'S Roofing & Construction LLCMJ'S Roofing & Construction LLC
Dan V.
Victor did a great job on an extremely mossy roof for a good price. Cleaned all the debris and left the house looking great.
Rise SolutionsRise Solutions
Sara K.
I had a great experience with MJ’s Roofing and Construction. They were knowledgeable, polite, and responded quickly when moved into our new home that need moss removal and treatment. They came to inspect the roof the same day and had us on the schedule that week. I felt they gave us an honest opinion about the status of our roof and a fair price. We didn’t pay for our gutters to be cleaned but they took the time to blow leaves out of our gutters. They went above and beyond for us when they didn’t have to. I 100% recommend MJ’s Roofing and Construction for anyone needing moss removal, gutters cleaned or moss treatment. I’ll be reaching out to them in the future for our roofing needs.
MJ'S Roofing & Construction LLCMJ'S Roofing & Construction LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I had Jorge clean the roof, gutters, and windows. He actually went above and beyond and pressure washed all my siding as well. Outstanding work for exceptional value.
JP Home Maintenance Pressure washingJP Home Maintenance Pressure washing
Thumbtack Customer
JP Home Maintenance did an outstanding job of cleaning my roof and removing the debris. The service was quick, and the price very reasonable. The crew paid close attention to details on the job, while ensuring the safety of the crew and care of the property was always up front. I would not hesitate at all to recommend this company to anyone looking for a quality roof cleaning job (they do other home maintenance and I will call them again for other jobs as well I am sure!).
JP Home Maintenance Pressure washingJP Home Maintenance Pressure washing
Steve W.
Jorge did a great job cleaning my roof which had quite a bit of moss build up, cleaned the gutters and washed the house and yard up once complete. He did great work in a timely manner at a great price. I would recommend him.
JP Home Maintenance Pressure washingJP Home Maintenance Pressure washing
Thumbtack Customer
A-Bright Services cleaned our very steep and complicated set of roofs on our rural property with no problems, a positive attitude, and extremely great prices. The quality of the work is second to none. We will certainly hire A-Bright again.
A-Bright Services LLCA-Bright Services LLC
Joshua U.
Fast response and service scheduling. Priced right and very professional as well! Roof looks great and my gutters are cleaner than they have ever been in the whole 9 years I have owned my home!
Brock's Exterior ServicesBrock's Exterior Services
Thumbtack Customer
Mark was on time, hardworking, and our roof looks like new! He cleaned up and left our home looking great. He did exactly what he said he would do and the price he quoted was the price we paid. No surprises at the end of the job.
First Aid Roof CareFirst Aid Roof Care
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