What’s the best way to clean your metal roof? Is it OK to pressure wash a metal roof? You might be tempted to reach for your pressure washer in answer to these two questions, but before you do this, beware. There are better cleaning solutions than aiming a high-pressure power washer toward the top of your roof.

Living in the Pacific Northwest means getting used to lots of rain and wind. With the elements comes dirt and other debris that gets swept onto your roof. Over time, that builds up, and you might be looking at a dirty roof that needs cleaning.

However, if you power wash a traditional asphalt shingle roof, it could cause damage. The high-speed pressure that comes from the machine may cause the shingles to loosen or even fall off completely. This could cause water to get underneath, which could allow for rot or other mold growth over time.

Metal Roof Benefits

Metal roofing materials, on the other hand, require little to no maintenance over time. They simply don’t need to be cleaned often, and if they do, you won’t need a pressure washer.

In fact, you should only need a mild detergent cleaning product (like car wash soap or laundry detergent), a soft bristle brush, or a cloth. Mix the detergent with warm or hot water and use the brush or cloth to wipe the dirt off the metal panels.

Wire brushes or steel wool should never be used to clean your roof, as they are too rough and could cause your paint to chip or be stripped. You don’t want to damage your roof with either water pressure or inappropriate roof cleaners.

One of the best parts of having a metal roof on your home is that you won’t need to worry about climbing up there to maintain it every year. In fact, we highly recommend hiring a roof cleaning service rather than taking a garden hose up to your high-pitched roof.

Safety First

Remember: Safety first — and that’ if you even need to get up there to clean in the first place.

You don’t need to bother with extending the life of the roof or keeping the warranty of this product with regular cleaning. A metal shingle roof is built to stand the test of time. It provides you with a lifetime of protection backed by an incredible transferable warranty.

Ready to learn more about the benefits of a metal roof for your home? This is an investment that will save you time and money. Not to mention, your home will continue to look beautiful for years to come. Call our team at Mountaintop Metal Roofing to learn more.

We’ve been installing high-quality, interlocking aluminum roofing systems for many years, As our reputation grows, so does the reputation for metal roofing systems in general. And with one of the industry’s best warranties, you’ll understand why we say a new metal roof will be the only roof you’ll ever need.