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How to keep your roof clean

If your Melbourne roof is dirty, or has algae and moss covering it, then getting it cleaned is a great idea. In this blog we’ll explore why roof cleaning can be considered an investment, rather than an expense, and the best way to get your roof cleaned.

Why should I get my roof cleaned?

There are many good reasons why cleaning the roof of your Melbourne home is a good idea:

  • Your roof can last 25, 40, 50 or even more years if you look after it. Regular cleaning, as well as other maintenance, will extend the lifespan of your roof.
  • Cleaning your roof can also help prevent issues, particularly more urgent repair work, such as roof leaks and problems with gutters and downpipes. 
  • Algae can hinder your roof’s ability to keep your home cool in the warmer months. That’s because algae causes your roof to absorb additional heat from the sun. This means your home is not as comfortable in hot weather as it should be and you’ll spend more on cooling costs.
  • Algae, moss and lichen can also damage the surface of your roof. Left uncleaned, eventually it can cause roof leaks and other more significant issues.
  • A clean roof is simply a better looking roof. You’ll be enhancing the street appeal of your home by getting the roof cleaned. Plus, if you’re considering selling your home in the near future, you’ll be adding value. While there are never guarantees, it’s likely you’ll recoup the cost of getting your roof cleaned, if not a whole lot more!
Why should I get my roof cleaned?

Who should you get to clean your Melbourne roof?

Before you make plans to spend a couple of hours on the next available weekend cleaning your roof yourself, stop. This is not a job for the average do-it-yourself handyperson. There are two major reasons for this:

  • Roof cleaning is more than just getting on your roof with a mop, a bucket of water and detergent. And it’s certainly more than getting on the roof with a standard high pressure spray system. You’ll likely end up with water inside your roof and possibly even create water damage, you may erode the surface of your roof and potentially cause further damage to the roof itself. Leave this job to the professionals. They know what they’re doing. They can access the condition of your roof, work out the best steps to take to get your roof looking it’s best again, and then undertake the work safely.
  • Talking about safety, it’s not just the safety of your roof that should concern you. Getting on a roof can be dangerous for some people at the best of times. Add in water and slippery surfaces and it’s a combination that could see you end up in the emergency room. Again, leave roof cleaning to the experts.
Who should you get to clean your Melbourne roof?

So, who do you call?

If you live in Melbourne and surrounds and want your roof cleaned, as we mentioned you should leave the job to the experts. Call Oates Roofing Maintenance on 0435 695 466.

Once you request a quote we will then organise a day and time that suits you to visit your home and inspect your roof. We’ll work out the steps necessary to clean you roof and provide a quote on how much the work will cost. Then, you can decide to go ahead with the work…Or not. There’s no obligation.

If you do decide to go ahead with the work, we’ll then be back to completely clean your roof. We’ll remove all algae, moss, lichen and debris. We’ll use pressure sprays and brushes to revitalise your roof and making it look practically brand new. Plus, depending on your roofing material, we’ll seal your roof to help it stay looking clean for longer.

For more information on roof cleaning in Melbourne, contact Oates Roofing & Maintenance or

call us on 0435 695 466.

How often should you get your roof cleaned?

As mentioned, roof cleaning is an important job that can increase the lifespan of your roof. So, how often should you have the roof of your Melbourne home cleaned?

This will depend on a number of factors. For example, if your roof is shaded for all or part of the day, it’s likely algae, moss and lichen will return more quickly, as they love growing in dark, cold conditions. If you have overhanging trees, you’ll have small branches, twigs and leaves constantly dropping on your roof. You’ll also likely have more birds sitting on and above your roof, and birds will do what birds will do! The materials used in your roof are also a significant factor – for example whether you have metal, concrete tiles, clay tiles, ashphalt, etc.

As a rough guide, it’s a good idea to clean your roof every 3 to 5 years.

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