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How to Clean Asphalt Shingles

How to Clean Asphalt Shingles If you are like more homeowners in Northern Virginia, then you probably have an asphalt roof. In fact, asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing options in the country because of their appearance, value, and durability. However, this roofing option requires a little maintenance to look and function optimally year after year. Here are some helpful tips on how to clean your asphalt shingles so that they provide years of beauty and performance.

The Cleaning Process

The first step in the cleaning process is protecting yourself. Make sure that you are wearing gloves, pants, a shirt with long sleeves, and safety goggles. You don’t want the water or cleaning materials to hurt your skin or eyes. Once properly outfitted, safely climb up to your roof, and remove the excess debris. Then, spray your roof with a cleaning agent. Make sure that it is approved to treat asphalt shingles. This should help remove some of the grime, algae, and possibly mold. Finally, rinse the roof with water after the cleaner has had time to penetrate the shingles – about 20 minutes. If there is still stubborn algae or moss left on the shingles, then you can carefully use a medium-stiff bristled broom or brush to remove it.

Investing in New Asphalt Shingles

However, thanks to years of wear and tear, missed maintenance, and extreme weather conditions, some asphalt shingles are beyond a good cleaning. Simply put – some roofs just need all new shingles to look and function like new. That is where Shiner, Roofing, Siding and Windows can help. Our team of highly trained and seasoned technicians can install all new, hardwearing shingles from industry-leading manufacturers like GAF and CertainTeed.

To learn more about the asphalt shingles that we install or more about how to clean your asphalt shingles, contact Shiner Exteriors today.

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Shiner put its third roof on our 50-year-old shake-roofed house — each roof as good as the previous one and all great, safe, timely, clean and complete.

  • Location
    McLean, VA
  • Date
    March 2019
  • Project
    Cedar Shake Roof Replacement
  • Shake Type:
    Anbrook #1 Grade Cedar
  • Shake Color:
    Western Red
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