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About Roof Debris Removal - Clean Leaves Off Roof The Right Way in Seattle

Leaves and debris scattered over residential roof in Seattle WA
Before we clean the leaves and debris off roof

Welcome to the article all about roof debris removal in Seattle. Here, we're going to discuss why and how debris collects on roofs in Seattle, our experience in cleaning leaves off roofs, and lastly the best methods for removing leaves, debris, and other unwanted tree matter from your rooftop.

As a Seattle roof cleaning company we wash many things off roof shingles on a daily basis. One of which things we commonly wash off roofs is leaves and other debris from trees. Leaves piling up on your roof can look unsightly, and when they hold moisture and pests they can also be unhealthy for your roof shingles by adding weight, stains, and mildew. We remove debris as well as the stains they leave behind on roof shingles and other types of roofing material like slate and tile, and we do it the right way by using eco-friendly cleaning solutions and hand-brush methods that prevent damage to your shingles and the environment while cleaning.

The houses suffering the most from fallen debris in Seattle are those which are situated under tree canopies, or those that have trees nearby. When the streets, roads, or other buildings create wind channels, these wind channels which lift leaves and carry debris off the trees also help to scatter debris onto nearby rooftops. This means that it's good news for homes that don't have high trees and wind channels near them, as houses far removed from trees are less likely to succumb to the need for roof debris removal services.

Roof debris removal in Seattle WA
After we clean leaves and debris off roof

Now that we have discussed why some houses in Seattle suffer from roof debris problems and our experience in the matter, let's shift our focus to the methods involved in solving these problems. When you have trees nearby that constantly litter your roof with dead leaves, branches, and bark fragments, not to mention flower petals, pinecones, pine needles, caterpillar nests, wasp nets, etc., it can be tempting to go up on the roof with a water hose and try to spray it all down. However, this will only make the problem harder to solve. You want to clean and remove the roof debris when it's dry, so that the debris is easier to handle and lighter in weight. We like to scoop the debris into buckets and dump the buckets into garbage bags where we can then properly dispose of them at a waste management facility. Some roofs have so much debris on them that we can fill eight garbage bags full of dead branches and soggy leaves.

To put all the debris into buckets and garbage bags, we sometimes use a push broom, but by wearing strong gloves you can easily do the work with your hands as well. If you're using something with hard bristles like a rake to scoop up the debris, just be careful that you're not scraping the roof shingles or tiles with the hard bristles, as this can cause permanent damage to the shingles themselves.

A secondary method to remove debris off a roof is more messy but can save time if done properly, and that method is using a leaf blower to blow all the debris off your roof. It's messy because you'll then have to clean all the debris like pine needles and leaves off your lawn and away from the sides of your house after, but this can save time if you have workers who are picking up the scattered debris while you're blowing it off the roof. If you're doing a roof debris removal job by yourself without workers to help, then buckets and garbage bags might be the better method compared to a leaf blower.

So, now that all your roof debris is stowed into garbage bags and the garbage bags are neatly in the bed of the van or truck to dispose of, we can do the final step in cleaning all the stains off your roof that the piles of debris have left behind. You might notice dirty dark spots or black streaks where the debris was removed. To remove these stains and black streaks from your shingles or tiles, we use an eco-friendly soft-wash roof shampoo and carefully hand-scrub and hose down the area. A pressure washer is too powerful to use on roof shingles, which is why we prefer a soft-wash method. Sometimes a quick scrub with a push broom and a splash of water from the hose is a enough to remove the stains. Other times, when the debris has been collecting for quite a while and the stain is more severe, more physical scrubbing is required to remove the stain.

If you follow all these steps, your roof which was once covered in debris will now look clean and fresh. You'll no longer be risking damage to your roof, and the effect that one house having a clean roof has affects the whole neighborhood, making your street more clean for everyone to enjoy. If you've never performed roof debris removal yourself, these steps might seem easy enough to follow. If you'd rather not do it yourself, we can do it in single day for a low cost. The typical roof debris removal job takes us several hours and may cost less than $300 depending on the work involved.

If you have more questions about roof debris removal methods, or want to order roof debris removal services in Seattle, call Rojo Moss Removal and Power Washing, LLC today by dialing (206) 228-7591.


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