Friday, December 4, 2015

How to Clean Roof Shingle Stains

Phil's Main Roofing 
26 Fitch Street, Norwalk CT
(203) 838-4545

Have you hung up your holiday lights yet? If so, you may have noticed that the shingles on your roof are stained. With a sunny weekend ahead of us, you might want to head outside and take care of the mess. Not sure where to begin? Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered!

Below are a few tips to keep in mind when it comes to cleaning your shingles:

Use the right chemicals
Do you spy algae stains? Typically, you can remove them using a mixture of chemicals, such as trisodium phosphate, bleach, and water. However, it’s important to not overuse these harsh chemicals, as they can shorten the lifespan of your shingles.

Grab the necessary tools
Once you settle on the right cleaning products to get rid of those unwanted roof stains, here are a few tools you will need to grab prior to cleaning: 
  • Garden hose (with spray nozzle)
  • Old clothing
  • Gripping shoes
  • A ladder
Be safe
Not only will you need the necessary chemicals and tools to clean those stains off your shingles, but you will also need protective gear. For instance, be sure to wear rubber gloves and goggles to keep your hands and eyes safe from dirt and debris. 

Take preventative measures
One of the best steps you can take to protect your roof from algae and other types of stains is to take preventative measures. For example, once your roof is clean, install a strip of copper or zinc coated sheet metal on each side of your roof and below the ridge.

For more tips on how to clean roof shingle stains, click here.

If you're looking for a trusted roofing contractor to help you get rid of those pesky roof stains, contact Phil’s Main Roofing! Our cleaning and maintenance programs are top of the line and will leave you with the cleanest roof in your neighborhood. For more information, visit us at or give us a call at (203) 838-4545 today!


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