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Tile Roof Cleaning Presents Unique Challenges

Updated on March 22, 2011

Roof stain removal is often challenging to begin with, but tile roof cleaning can be especially difficult if you don't know what you're doing. A lot can go wrong if you haven't made careful preparations ahead of time. Let me count the ways.

For one thing, if you think that asphalt shingles are slippery when wet, then just hold onto your hat when you take on a tile roof, because it can be downright deadly when covered in chemical or water. Picture walking on a sheet of ice that is on a 30 degree incline and you've got a pretty accurate picture of what it's like to navigate these kinds of roofs. So you better have some shoes with darn good traction. Forget this little bit of wisdom at your own peril. Paralysis or death can easily result from a roof fall, even if its a seemingly benign one-story.

Second, tiles are susceptible to cracking and breakage and if you don't have a lot of experience walking on these types of roofs then you can cause some damage. While asphalt shingles have a certain amount of flexibility to them, tiles do not, and they will succumb under heavy weight if not properly installed or even if just old.

Another possible issue is that chemical run-off could be quicker with a tile roof than with an asphalt roof. This will mean that your rinse man on the ground will need to be especially experienced and quick as a cat. If he's asleep at the wheel then you might fry some grass or bushes.

As you can see, tile roof cleaning is not for the faint of heart. You better go in with a plan and you better have safety as your top priority. If you have any doubts about safety just be sure to use a harness system, or better yet, find a non-pressure roof cleaning expert to take care of it for you.

Now as for comparing tile roof cleaning with the cleaning of asphalt or wood shingles let's just say that I have no interest in getting involved in some sort of ego contest here in the comments section.  All I'll say is that cleaning a tile roof has a unique set of challenges and you better know what the heck you're doing before you get up there.  Same thing goes for any kind of roof cleaning, no matter what type of surface you're working with.


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      biggreencat 8 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Apple. Yeah, when I have some time I'll stop by and shoot the breeze with you guys.

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      Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa  8 years ago

      Nice roof cleaning articles!

      Come and visit us at the Roof Cleaning Institute Forum sometime ?