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Always gently spray the top of your roof at the ridge cap downwards.

Never, ever, spray from the eaves or gutter line and work your way up.

This is a Cardinal Rule and a BIG NO-NO.

Why?
 

Simply because, you could get the roof cleaning solution and or water
up underneath the shingles.

Two issues can arise if this does occur, the first being that moisture may find a way into the sheathing and that moisture can open the door for molds, mildew and etc. to find their way inside of the home.

Doing this may ALSO affect the glue under the shingle and may soften it so when stormy season arrives, the roof  shingle could more easily become dislodged by a high gust of wind which may possibly end up removing shingles that may have become loosely attached, from lack of the glue properly bonding securely all together.

The glue that is placed on the 3 tab section of the underside of every roofing asphalt and fiberglass roofing shingle is designed to heat up with the sun's warmth and glue itself to the shingle row below and under it helping to secure the shingle to the next course of roofing.

If this glue is compromised by allowing our cleaning agents to deposit themselves under the shingle layer, this is not a good scenario.

The easiest way to avoid this is to always apply your cleaning agent from the ridge cap or top of the roof and work your way down, as previously stated

Here's a tip:

You ought to always be sure to rinse off the downspouts and the gutters out thoroughly so as to remove the corrosive cleaning agents after any and every roof cleaning.

This protects the sealants from dissolving in the seams of the gutters, especially on the do-it yourself type gutter systems.

Even on the seamless gutters, there are still sealants being used to join the corners and edges and downspouts and so,  these areas need to be protected from prolonged exposure to any corrosive solutions  from being able to attack the metal gutter components.

Hope this helps someone here on the RCIA to avoid having to repair or re-seal a customers gutters or shingles.

-- Edited by Roof Clean USA Georgia 229-227-0000 on Monday 14th of September 2009 01:00:44 PM

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Thanks for the tips David, as always, you have great info for us.

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Thanks for the info David, Makes alot of sense.

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I appreciate the in depth info.

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Thanks david , I never thought about the sealent in the gutters. Do you think it is still necessary to rinse the gutters out if the customer wants the roof rinsed?   confuse.gif

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David

Thanks for the useful information. Your post is just one example of how helpful this site has been to me. The information here has prevented me from making many mistakes and probably costing me hundreds of dollars. Anyone getting started should spend as much time reading here as they can afford. I read every night and my wife thinks I'm having an internet romance.

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I agree. valuable information shared from learned experiences.

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David, I understand your reasoning on shooting down, But how exactly do you do this when you are standing on a latter as you are in your picture. You're still shooting up, aren't you? Do you ever go up on the ridge and shoot down?

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DBKeifer wrote:

David, I understand your reasoning on shooting down, But how exactly do you do this when you are standing on a latter as you are in your picture. You're still shooting up, aren't you? Do you ever go up on the ridge and shoot down?



DB,

This is where technique, skill and experience combine.

Proper Tip Switching and using your poly guns trigger or your PVC ball valve and feathering is a skill that takes time to perfect.

Always leave 2/3 to 1/4 of the edge of the botom  of the roof by the gutter and then gently feather the cleaning solution to either side of whee you are standing on the ladder.

Arcing the flow of the LOVE to spray up from the bottom at the gutter edge  and starting to spray from the ridge cap down, left to right and then by moving the ladder finishing to provide full coverage for your tip size and spray pattern.


Spraying from the side and downward so you get the full coverage you need without shooting up and under the shingle is the key.

If you have not done a roof yet or 2 or 3 then use these guidelines and get after it and you will see in practice, not written theory from your perspective how this is to be performed.

Remember what your Mom use to tell you? " Practice, makes perfect"

Enjoy some roof cleaning and make a few bucks and then come back here and tell us all your experiences and tell me if my suggestions make sense and work , both, in theory and in actuality.

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Thanks david , I never thought about the sealent in the gutters. Do you think it is still necessary to rinse the gutters out if the customer wants the roof rinsed?   confuse.gif



Thanks for the question CBSFIRE:

I believe you can never be TOO SAFE and but you can be TOO SORRY.

Sorry won't fix their gutters from leaking where they were not before?

My ex fiance' used to always tell me this saying:

"Common sense isn't so common"


I think rinsing the gutter briefly after you have rinsed a roof makes sense. Whay not? It takes only a few more moments and you are ALREADY there confuse

But then again I don't ever have to worry about them leaking or corroding by just taking the extra step while the water hose is out and available.

It's your call but I would, just as preventative maintenance.


I hope this helps.

 



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Hey David,
                 thanks, All the info you guys share on here is a  great help. Us new guys get to learn from your experience so we don't make the same mistakes. I'm real appreciative for all the great advice 

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CBSFIRE wrote:

Hey David,
thanks, All the info you guys share on here is a  great help. Us new guys get to learn from your experience so we don't make the same mistakes. I'm real appreciative for all the great advice




Your Welcome! Thanks for the Question!

 

"Experience is what HAPPENS when opportunity and trial and error collide"- me

 

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