Does your home's roof use roofing tiles made out of clay? If so, you may love the beauty that it provides to your home. Clay tiles do need occasional maintenance to keep them looking good, which includes cleaning them when they are showing visible signs of being dirty. Here is what you need to know about cleaning your home's clay roofing tiles.
Dirt Absorption And Moss Growth
What makes clay a very distinctive roofing material is the fact that it is brittle and porous, which causes the material to become absorbent. The clay tiles can actually absorb dirt, which causes the material to look dark in certain spots that are affected more than others. When moisture absorbs into the tile with the dirty, it can cause moss to form on the roofing tile surface. Before you know it, you'll have growth across the roof's surface that needs to be cleaned.
Moss growth will happen less often with roofs that are steep. The water tends to run off your roof faster when it's steep, and the surface will also dry faster underneath the hot sun. It will cause the roofing material to not absorb water and dirt as much as a low slope roof would.
While you may like the look of the green growth on your roof, it is not good for the health of your clay roofing tiles. That moss can cause roofing tiles to become cracked if the growth gets too big.
Caution For Cleaning
Know that the clay roofing material can easily break if you try to clean it. Even walking on a clay roof can be enough to cause damage as a result attempting to clean it. This means that you have to take extra precautions to make sure you do not cause more damage in the process of cleaning the surface of the roof. If you walk across the clay tiles, you should only step in places where tiles overlap, which is where the tiles are the strongest.
One solution to not damage the roof is to use a pressure washer that can clean the roofing tiles from a distance. However, it takes a lot of skill to effectively clean clay roofing tiles, which can lead a DIY job to not look so great. When in doubt, you may want to leave this job to a professional roofing contractor. They have the experience to do the job correctly and not damage the roof in the process.
Get in touch with a company like JC Roofing & Insulating for more information.
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