Is it safe to use a blower to clean debris off a shingle roof?


Not only does your roof serve you by providing the protection from the weather to your house, but it also has a saying in how will your house look. However, cleaning your roof from unwanted debris and stains affects not only the appearance of your roof and house, but it also helps the roof to be more efficient.

You won’t’ have to replace your roof for this one – here are a few tips on how to clean your roof thoroughly. You might want to call a professional for this one if you don’t know how to handle your roof or if you think you’ll feel unsafe up there. Nevertheless, keep in mind that thorough maintenance of your roof done by a professional can cost quite a bit of cash.

Inspect Your Roof First

Before you start cleaning your roof, make sure you take a look at it. There will be some things up there that you could overlook if you get on with the cleaning without inspecting every bit of your roof first.

You can use your binoculars, or you can climb up...

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Roofing Materials Impact Roof Lifespan

What is the Lifespan of Your Roof?

When it comes to big-ticket purchases for the home, a roof usually appears at the top of the list. A critical component of your home, this multi-layered system protects against nearly everything Mother Nature can throw at it, but it isn’t invincible. That’s why keeping it in good repair throughout the year is so important—but even with consistent roof maintenance, homeowners eventually must ‘bite the bullet’ and invest in a roof replacement.

Roofing Materials Impact Roof Lifespan

When you begin to research your options for a roof replacement, the variety of roofing materials available can be confusing—and the right answer isn’t always obvious to the average homeowner. According to, “In terms of longevity, some are far better than others, but when you take their price, looks, installation, and required maintenance, some choices that might not...

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Cleaning the roof of your home is an effective way to improve curb appeal and keep your property safe from mold and algae. Whether you routinely wash leaves and dirt off your roof or are planning a major cleaning project, here are a few suggestions to keep yourself safe and your property cleaner than it's ever been.

How to Tell if Your Roof is Dirty

A clean roof is not only more aesthetically appealing, it can prevent damage that will harm your home's structure and potentially increase your heating and cooling bills. Sometimes the problems are obvious, but it's always wise to take a closer look to see if it's time for a good cleaning.

Visible Debris
If you see dead leaves or other forms of debris piling up on your roof, removal is necessary. Any material gathering on your roof is unsightly, but the bigger problem is moisture. Leaves, dirt and other debris will collect water. This leads to the formation of mold and algae, which can damage your roof....

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Mold or mildew makes black ugly streaks on a roof. Not only is it unattractive, it can actually shorten the life of...

Hiring someone to clean your roof may seem like a good idea, however it can be very expensive and roof cleaning services...

Roof shingles become dirty over time. They are exposed to wind, rain and other weather elements that not only cause dirt to...

People generally bleach shingles when they are trying to kill mold and mildew, but you can also bleach shingles to get an...

Your roof shingles are exposed to a lot of wear and tear. Mildew, algae, moss and dirt often accumulate on your roof,...

Rubber roofing is a tough material put onto homes and RVs. Rubber roofing reduces maintenance tasks such as sealing and prevents leaks,...

When cleaning the exterior of their homes, many people often forget to clean their roofs. Your roof offers the perfect growing environment...

Roof shingles protect interior...

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Do you tend to put off cleaning the gutters until as late as possible?

Maybe you even skipped doing it last year because it’s such a dreaded household chore.

Well, there’s no need to put it off anymore thanks to some helpful products that make cleaning gutters easier than ever!

Following are the best tools that help you clean the nastiness out of your gutters.

4 Ways To Clean Gutters

Generally speaking, there are 4 ways to clean gutters:

1. Climb a ladder and use a variety of tools to grab and remove the leaves and debris at eye-level.

2. Attach tools to a wet/dry shop vac to suck up the leaves or to blast them out of the gutters.

3. Attach tools to your water hose to spray leaves out of the gutters.

4. Use a long-reaching pole to remove leaves from the gutters while standing at ground level.

Of course, there are some gutter cleaning tools that combine one or more of the methods mentioned above. And each has...

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Shingle Cleaner roof OX:

Eco-Friendly, Effective and Easy to use.

Powered by Oxygen & Environmentally friendly

Roof Shingle Cleaner OX

uses oxygen power

for removal of dark algae stains. The same ingredient as found in Hydrogen Peroxide at the drug store.

Non-toxic environmentally safe

formula has no harmful by-products and safely decomposes into Water, Oxygen and Soda Ash.

Activated by water, Shingle Cleaner Roof Ox releases oxygen which provides removes roof algae stains and roof mold.
Shingle Cleaner Roof OX breaks down organic stains the same way the brown bottle kills germs and bacteria in a scrape.
Then rinse to wash away the dark roof algae residue from the roof shingle surface.
** Badly stained shingle roofs may require multiple treatments or contractor grade Roof Shingle Cleaner QSE

How is Shingle Cleaner Roof OX applied?


roof cleaning equipment

may make the job...

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GAF- Mastering The Roof (chapter 04)

Nothing is more critical in roofing than preparing the surface underneath the shingles. Sometimes, there can be hidden damage under the shingles
With a roof tear off, when the old materials are removed, you'll have a clean deck that allows you to more easily see any potential problems.

If there is reason to believe that there is damage beneath the shingles, it is generally a good idea to tear them off. If the old roof is still in place, it's more difficult to know what's underneath.

There could be rotted wood or cracked boards. Also, if the deck is not sound it may not hold the nails as well.

Any of these problems could telegraph through the new roof, and make the finished job look bad as well as compromise the performance of the system.

Remember, cedar shakes, tile,
and slate roofs must always be torn off before installing asphalt shingles.
They are just not the right surfaces for shingles.

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Here are a few easy steps you can take to prepare for winter and prevent a potential leak or expensive repair later.

1. Trim back any trees that hang over or cover the roof

2. Use a blower or broom to clean all debris off the roof (never pressure wash your roof!)

3. Clean out the gutters and inspect for rust or holes (be careful not to bend the gutters)

4. Clean debris from all downspouts using water pressure from a garden hose

5. After you are finished, perform a visual inspection of the roof by either walking on the roof or with binoculars from the ground or a ladder. Look for cracks in composition shingles, or holes in shakes or wood shingles where black felt paper is exposed. Also look for any missing shakes or composition shingles.

6. If you find any of the items in #5, it’s time for a professional roof evaluation and repair. If caught early, you can often prevent small problems from turning into major repairs.

If you have a...

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Replacing a shingle roof can be a major financial burden. Members of Angie’s list spent an average of $8,900 to get a new roof, even when they used low-cost asphalt shingles. With high-end materials, a new roof can cost as much as three times more. The good news is, with proper care you can prolong the life of your shingles and stave off this expense.

Roof Issues to Attend to Regularly

Some roof issues have no direct negative impact on your roof’s shelf life, but some can lead to serious problems that will affect the serviceability of your roof. You can avoid shelling out big bucks for a replacement by regularly inspecting your roof for the presence of algae, moss, and lichen.

Algae, Moss, and Lichen

Algae, moss, and lichen commonly appear on roofs made of shingles, particularly on the shaded side of the house.


. Black algae (Gloeocapsa Magma) is a bacterial growth that can appear as black streaks or splotches across your roof....

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Apple Roof Cleaning is so sure of the safety of our process, we guarantee in writing not to damage your roof, or void your warranty.

We follow the recommended non pressure roof cleaning chemical guidelines of the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association.

All of our roof cleaning trucks have 2 man crews, who are fully trained and certified by the RCIA. All plants are watered or covered before, during, and after the process.

No Pressure Washing of any kind, will ever be used on any roof we clean.

We see some advertising a so called “low pressure, environmentally safe, chemical roof cleaning method.”

The ads seem almost too good to be true.

No bleach, safe for plants, biodegradable, non toxic, made by a chemist, environmentally friendly, everything they think you want to hear.

But, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Remember, that’s a plant growing on your roof, so if its safe for plants, how can it...

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Buttoning up the roof is the final prep step before shingling. It consists of installing ice and water barrier and 30-lb. asphalt-saturated felt.

This underlayment acts as a temporary weather barrier to keep rain out. But it won't stop heavy rain and wind, so once you start a section, always try to flash and shingle it by the end of the day.

Ice and water barrier is used at roof edges and other vulnerable areas. To install it, snap a chalk line 36 in. from the edge of the eaves. If you have gutters, you'll want the ice and water barrier to cover all of the gutter flashing that's on the roof (Photo 12).

Starting at the rake edge of the roof, align the ice and water barrier with the chalk line. Tack it at the top with staples every few feet to hold it in place. Once the entire section is tacked along the chalk line, lift up the bottom part, peel off the backing, then let it fall back into place. The ice and water barrier will immediately stick to the...

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Before I invest in a leaf blower, does anyone have any thoughts, experience using a leaf blower to blow leaves off the roof? Our new roof is so nice, but nearby oak trees are dropping leaves on the roof and I thought perhaps a leaf blower might be powerful enough to blow them off when I stand on a tall ladder.

If you don’t think this is a solution, please say so; if you think or know it will work, can you suggest what minimum power or other info I would eed to know to purchase the proper unit. I would only consider a wireless or electric unit, don’t want to have a gas powered unit. Any thoughts appreciated.

It should work, but, be sure to blow DOWN the roof. If you blow up the roof, you’ll strip off the shingles.

I’ve heard of tree service guys that blow out the gutters with a leaf blower while they are on the roof as a courtesy to their customers.

Thanks for the input; not sure I can blow down, since I would not be standing on the ridge...

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Moss or algae growth on your roof does more than ruin your home’s curb appeal; it also could be causing your roof to deteriorate at a faster rate. Water and moisture getting trapped beneath moss or leaves could be speeding up the rate at which your shingles breakdown, leading to the need for a roof repair or replacement sooner than would otherwise be warranted. If you notice moss or the black streaks formed by algae, take steps to clean it off in a timely way to help take care of your roof.

Cleaning Debris from Your Roof

When fall arrives and following leaves and pine needles cover your roof, you may be tempted to simply leave them there. After all, you have enough yard clean up to do as it is. A blanket of leaves could be trapping water beneath your roof when it rains, however. In addition, those leaves could be stopping water from making it to the edge of your roof, causing it to back up beneath your shingles and form a leak. Therefore, removing those leaves...

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Black stains on an asphalt roof caused by algae.

If you live in a humid area of the country, you’ve probably seen unsightly dark streaks on asphalt shingle roofs. Though often attributed to an accumulation of dirt, defective shingles, mold, or mildew; the most common culprit is actually a blue-green algae known as Gloeocapsa Magma that is spread by airborne spores.

While algae growth does little harm to roofing, the stains don’t help the overall appearance or resale value of your home.

Areas Susceptible to Algae Stains

You may also have noticed that algae stains are absent directly below the metal flashing around chimneys or roof vents. This is due to fact that copper and the zinc coating on galvanized sheet metal are toxic to algae. Every time it rains, trace amounts of metals are washed down the roof, inhibiting algae growth.

Absence of algae under metal flashing

Algae Resistant Shingles

In recent years, roofing manufacturers...

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How often and how much does it rain where you live?

The leaves, needles, and detritis wouldn't be much of a concern if you lived in the desert. But if you lived in, say, the Pacific Northwest where every day rain is the norm, then it is something that will cause long term damage.

In the fall, my gutters would get clogged weekly before I threw in the towel and had the chief offenders cut down.

Short term, the only deal was the gutters overflowing at various spots around the house.

However, over 50 years of this led to a cracked and sunken driveway, one sidewalk that was slanted, foundation settling and cracked stucco, and some rotted soffits. Fortunately, my roof decking was spared.

In a situation like yours, I'd imagine valleys getting clogged and detritis working beneath shingles. Runoff, then, can be expected to work its way into your roof and leading to leaks.

In a nutshell, if you have to ask how often then you probably know already...

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2017 will be our 10th year manufacturing our Roof Wash, now sold worldwide and used in North America by over 5,000 roof cleaning contractors we are please to offer our Roof Wash to home owners wishing to clean their own roof. Used correctly, any and every single roof can be cleaned with our Roof Wash, the only time this product fails the result is "operator error", meaning that a home owner or new contractor does not follow the directions and the result is not what they desire, when we know every single roof can be cleaned to look like new and that is a fact! Feel confident to purchase this roof cleaner, we will help you complete your roof cleaning project.

How to Clean Your Roof with Roof Wash

Use Roof Wash to remove stains caused by moss, black algae, mold, lichen or any fungus that may grow on roofs. It's highly effective on all types of roofing material: asphalt, metal, tile, wood shake, rubber and new composite materials. Note: we do have some roof cleaning...

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To understand how to deal with the recurring problem of algae and moss growth on rooftops, it is important to learn what they are and how they grow and spread. Although some similarities exist, algae and moss are very different and require slightly different procedures to prevent or to remove.

Often mistaken as mold or mildew, the black discoloration and streaks visible on many roofs across the United States and Canada are actually algae. The algae can form w here moisture tends to dwell on roof surfaces. Coastal or humid climates create the most conducive conditions for algae growth. The most common type, gloeocapsa magma or blue green algae, protects itself from damaging ultraviolet rays by producing a dark pigmented sheath. The algae discoloration typically begins as small spots then quickly transforms into streaks on the roof plane. By the time the algae is visible, it likely has been present for several months or longer.

Algae spores are carried by the wind or by...

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