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Q & A

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Tacoma roof cleaning professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Did not use, unable to clean roof due to slope.
Forest Home MaintenanceForest Home Maintenance
Thumbtack Customer
Mike is an professional, friendly and easy person to work with. He cleaned are roof, gutters, and power washed the front sidewalk and steps. The results were excellent. The roof and sidewalks look like new and the gutters are clean. We are very happy with the results.
Performance roofing LlcPerformance roofing Llc
Thumbtack Customer
My roof & gutters were thoroughly cleaned and the roof was treated for moss prevention. In addition they power washed my deck & patio. They cleaned up any mess after job too. The two brothers were very professional. Highly recommend this company.
Forest Home MaintenanceForest Home Maintenance
Thumbtack Customer
Hired Clayton to lightly clean my roof and gutters and apply moss out. Would hire him again. Very polite, roof looks great and he cleaned up after he was finished. Everything looks really good. Thank you!
Forest Home MaintenanceForest Home Maintenance
Matthew C.
Holloway delivered as promised, moss removal on the roof and moss treatment, gutter clean, nice guy to work with.
Holloway Home MaintenanceHolloway Home Maintenance
Thumbtack Customer
Pedro and Jose were able to clean our roof on the day I contacted them, and did a great job while being very pleasant and efficient. I plan to use ASAP for routine roof maintenance...
ASAP Graffiti Removal and Pressure Washing LLCASAP Graffiti Removal and Pressure Washing LLC
Darryl W.
The Rainier Team came to the house on time, did a great job and cleaned up the area nicely afterwards. I'd definitely use Rainier again for future roof and window cleanings.
Rainier Window & Gutter CleaningRainier Window & Gutter Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Clayton was very friendly and accommodating doing our project. Our roof is extra steep but he did not let that sway his decision to clean our extremely mossy roofs. We are very pleased with his work and will recommend him to others!
Forest Home MaintenanceForest Home Maintenance
Thumbtack Customer
Did a awesome job, very friendly and helpful. Will recommend to friends, neighbors and anyone I come across that needs their roof or qutters cleaned.
Forest Home MaintenanceForest Home Maintenance
Thumbtack Customer
JP provided awesome service relating to cleaning my roof of moss and I'm extremely happy with the services. Would highly recommend this company to anyone!🙌
JP Home Maintenance Pressure washingJP Home Maintenance Pressure washing
Stephanie S.
I reached out to panda roofing on Friday and they got back to me within a few minutes. They set up an appointment for the next morning. They were very prompt; did a awesome job and left the job clean of all debris. I would definitely use them again. Thank you panda roofing.😊
Panda RoofingPanda Roofing
Joi B.
Amazing and efficient work! Highly recommend Justice for roof and gutter cleaning. He was efficient, responsive and thorough. The roof was very neglected by my elderly parent. Justice just jumped right in setting up his tools and worked nonstop for 5.5 hours. Stayed with his original quote and made a customer for life.
Anderson Window Cleaning & Pressure WashingAnderson Window Cleaning & Pressure Washing
David L.
Excellent team work and professionalism stood out during their service visit to clean my roof. They arrived on time, performed all work as promised, and completed the job, including cleanup, earlier than the time estimated. I would definitely hire Rainier Window & Gutter Cleaning in the future.
Rainier Window & Gutter CleaningRainier Window & Gutter Cleaning
Charles M.
They did a great job cleaning my roof and gutters. They also did a great job pressure washing the sides of my house, deck, patio, driveway and walkways. I will hire them again for future projects.
Rainier Window & Gutter CleaningRainier Window & Gutter Cleaning
Lyndie W.
Justice did a great job cleaning the roof, gutters and exterior gutters. Quick response time, professional communication, job was done on time and on schedule and I felt a very fair reasonable cost. I will hire again!
Anderson Window Cleaning & Pressure WashingAnderson Window Cleaning & Pressure Washing
Thumbtack Customer
I had my roof cleaned and moss removed. Scott and his son were very professional, worked quickly, and most importantly did a wonderful job! The price was extremely fair. I will definitely work with Scott in the future.
Scotts Steam CleaningScotts Steam Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
He cleaned my roof and gutters. He did a very thorough job and walked with me around the house afterwards to show me what to keep an eye out for in the future. I was very pleased and will call him again.
Anderson Window Cleaning & Pressure WashingAnderson Window Cleaning & Pressure Washing
Diane M.
Clay did a great job pressuring washing our roof and our driveway and walk way. Clean-up is an important part of the this process and I was very satisfied with how clean our and fresh our home looks. I will certainly call Forest Home Maintenance/Clay, the next time I need this service.
Forest Home MaintenanceForest Home Maintenance
Thumbtack Customer
Monte was fantastic. I had a tall order with needing my roof cleaned prior to inspection. On extremely short notice he found time to finish our project with time to spare. A+ Happy to support family owned local business. Will use again.
Holloway Home MaintenanceHolloway Home Maintenance
Thumbtack Customer
Ben showed up as scheduled started working right away and didn't stop until the job was completed perfectly! We hired Ben to clear the moss from the roof of our house and garage. We are extremely satisfied with his professionalism, attention to detail, and the price! We look forward to scheduling Ben to return to professionally clean our windows In the near future.
BB Windows LLCBB Windows LLC
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