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Roof Cleaning Supplies - What You'll Need And Where To Find Them

Updated on March 22, 2011

Knowing which roof cleaning supplies you’ll require is only half the battle.  Sometimes the hardest part can be actually finding those supplies and materials.  I’d like to share with you a basic outline of the things you’ll need and where you’re most likely to find them.

First of all, we should talk about safety supplies because nothing is more important than making sure you don’t have a disastrous fall from a roof.  Understand that a roof that is covered in chemical or water is as slippery as ice, so if you’re not prepared you could be in for paralysis or worse – don’t say I didn’t warn you.  You should get shoes that are called “cougar paws” (they’re available online).  They have the best traction of any roof shoe I’ve come across.  You should also invest in a safety harness system and a non-conducting ladder (available at your local hardware or roofing store).  You should wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, if possible, to prevent chemical exposure.  You should also make sure to wear goggles, gloves, and a mask.

It would be wise to have a pickup truck or an open air trailer to mount all your gear in, and if you don’t know where to get either of these then I don’t know what to tell you.  You’ll also require a ladder rack and these can be found at any pickup accessories shop.  Usually they’ll even install it for you for a minimal charge.

As for the roof cleaning apparatus itself, you’ll need a truck-mounted poly tank from Tractor Supply, about 200 feet of poly hose, a battery-powered, chemical resistant pump, a deep cycle marine battery with clamps, a few hose reels, a chemical resistant trigger gun with assorted tips, and a few garden hoses.  The hose, pump, and reels can all be found online.  Pressure Tek online is a great source for these kinds of supplies.

That’s the basic run-down.  Many of these things can be found most easily and cheaply online, but for a few things you’ll just have to bite the bullet and visit your local hardware or roofing supply store.  The costs can get high for all this stuff so you might consider just hiring this out to a professional and keeping your feet safely on the ground.

For the supplies that are more difficult to find you might just have to visit online haunts like ebay and craigslist to see if another local cleaner is getting rid of some things.  Hopefully as the roof cleaning industry continues to grow it will create a larger market for roof cleaning supplies and all these things will be at local, centralized stores for everyone to visit and buy from.  In the meantime, though, you might have to get a little creative.


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    • biggreencat profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from United States

      Good point, Greg. Not everyone has convenient access to industrial retailers but for those that do it could be a goldmine of roof cleaning supplies. It is true that buying second hand roof gear could result in a few lemons but for the contractor or homeowner who's looking to get going on the cheap it may be the only way. Thanks for the comment.

    • Greg Palmer profile image

      Greg Palmer 

      10 years ago

      You can also try an industrial supplies retailer. They usually carry a huge inventory for most any tasks. I would avoid buying second hand if you can, you usually end up paying for someone's headaches that way.


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