Remove Roof Stains

To remove roof stains you need to carefully select the cleaning products you use and be able properly identify the type of stain on the roof. If you use the wrong materials you could do more damage to the shingles. Cleaning roof stains are a difficult project and you may need to seek a professionals help.

Remove Roof Stains

With the economy like it is today many have begun to look into ways of elongating the life of their roofs. One of these sought out ways is cleaning solutions for roof stains. What people do not realize is these roof stains are normally a type of mold or fungus that have formed because of the trees and the damage from the weather.   

There are not really that many safe solutions to removing roof stains and roof stains can be an eyesore to most home owners. When taking on this project, one very important tip is to remember do your research! There are a great many cleaning products that should not be used on the shingles of your roof. If the wrong products are used than you could be doing some major damage to the finish of certain shingles.

Although removing roof stains is a difficult project it is a necessary maintenance of the roof. Many clean their gutters and down spouts, but don't think twice about those dark spots on the shingles. If these spots are left, on the roof, they can turn into more than just an eye sore. Since these spots are made up of mold and fungus they can lead to your roofs deterioration.

If you are looking into replacing your roof there are a newer type of stain resistant shingle. They are not as popular as the other types of shingles so they may be difficult and more expensive to find. In the end they should save you money and time. The maintenance will also be much easier to take care of yourself.

The most Common way to Remove Roof Stains

What you will need:

  • Bleach
  • Water
  • TSP

 Bleach is the most common way to clean roof stains, but you need to ensure that you do not use too much bleach. If the solution is made too potent you could be doing more damage than good. To remove roof stains using bleach you can follow these easy steps:

  1. Prepare any of the trees or plants around the roof and the down spouts. Plant life is fragile and the bleach can cause it to die. You can prepare the plant life by spraying it down with water.
  2. Next you will want to prepare the bleach solution. You will need to mix 1 part bleach with three parts water. To help the cleaning process you can put a very small amount of TSP in the mixture. You should try and make a large amount of the solution so that you will not need to continue making it. This will save you time.
  3. You will then need to put the solution into some type of sprayer for a wider range of cleaning. Do not power wash the roof. This can cause serious damage to the shingles. Tip: Do not scrub the shingles as this can cause them to loosen or remove some of the finish.
  4. Allow the solution to dry for a few minutes. Do no leave it on the roof for too long.
  5. Once the solution is dry you will need to rinse the roof with the hose. Ensure that you do use to much water pressure.
  6. After the roof dries you will need to inspect the roof. If the roof stains remain you can repeat steps 2-5 until removed. If the surface of the roof still looks slimy this means that the steps will need to be repeated. Do not make the bleach solution any stronger!

If you were unable to remove the roof stains with the bleach solutions it may be time to seek a professional. There are some roof stain removal steps that tell you to use a Lye-based solution, but this can cause serious damage to the shingles if done the wrong way.

Tips for Roof Stain Prevention

There are a few ways to prevent the mold and mildew that stain your roof. To apply the chemicals to your roof can be tricky and you will need to choose the right product for the type of shingles you have on your house. For this reason you will want to talk to a professional and have them put the products on the roof.

If you are in the market for a new roof it might be a great idea to spring for the resistant shingles. They do cost a little more, but they will save you time and money in the end. These are not that popular as of yet, meaning they might be harder to find than the other more traditional shingles.