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Old 01-13-2015, 08:48 PM   #1
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Washing the Roof?

Doesn't sound like fun....LOL.

Our old trailer is a '64 with a metal roof. I painted the seams every few years and kept the flashing around the roof vent and chimney well maintained with roofing cement and even after 50 years she has never had a single leak. Still in use by the kids.

Our new 2015 Jayco with the rubber roof is now winterized and covered with a foot of snow. The driveway is plowed over at the road, so It'll be awhile till we can get access again. So for the time being I'm reading up on PMs so she'll hopefully give us a long service life.

Our campsite is 400' up a stone driveway on the side of a mountain. We have 50 acres, a pond, rifle range, etc., but NO utilities. We drive to the closest town to pick up groceries and supplies, and bring a few 5 gal water jugs back and forth for dishwashing and the shower.

I have read about the need to wash the roof. I have no problem getting up there to do it, and can use any type of cleaner necessary, but short of climbing the ladder and pouring a gallon bucket of water on the roof I have no way to wash it. The trailer is up on blocks and is there for the duration, so driving it to a car wash is not an option.

So, the roundabout way of asking......what are the ramifications of not washing the roof? How much will it shorten the life of the roof? Tree sap is not a problem, just normal airborne contamination, and even that is minimal since we truly are in the boondocks!
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Old 01-13-2015, 10:41 PM   #2
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Good question and i'm curious to see what the answer is as well.
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Old 01-13-2015, 10:45 PM   #3
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Not sure about long-term effect...but a dirty roof is where the black streaks start to form!
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Old 01-14-2015, 12:02 AM   #4
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If there is a pond, what about setting up a pump and a hose a couple times a year and just wash the roof. It doesn't need to be potable water used to wash/rinse the roof.

As for what will happen if you don't, I don't know I have always washed the roof a few times a year.
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I'm curious about others opinion.
The way I see it the cleaning is required prior to applying a UV inhibitor protectant.
Which is required for a long roof life.
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The Pro's should chime in soon so be patent.
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Old 01-14-2015, 07:05 AM   #7
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Not sure what the effect is by not cleaning the roof. I personally don't like the black streaks that come down the side of the roof when it's dirty. If you don't park under trees especially oak it helps. I live down on a lake and can't get the rid down to the house . I picked up a 55gal blue plastic barrel that I put a 12volt pump on in the back of the truck and can do the roof and sides with two fills.
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I'm curious about others opinion.
The way I see it the cleaning is required prior to applying a UV inhibitor protectant.
Which is required for a long roof life.

I may be wrong and will have to look again, but I thought my material said not to apply any inhibitors. Again I may be mistaken...
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I think the basis for cleaning the roof is get us up there and inspect seams. A clean roof does shed water better with less pooling, all be it shallow. Dirt does build up and lead to pooling around seams, but that is argueable from both sides.

My suggestion would be a rain bucket(s). Put a few 5 gallon pails under your rain spouts and use that or just before it's due to rain get up there and agitate the real dirty areas. The pond/lake source is also a great idea.

Your roof will increase in mold like growth from dust and dew that eventually turns it black or gray. How that effects the material is one for the manufacturers to answer.

Again I think it is more for the owners to get up there and find issues as they develop since dirt can cover up cracks in sealants. Yes is greatly reduces black streaks which is my primary reason for getting up there.
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I think the basis for cleaning the roof is get us up there and inspect seams. A clean roof does shed water better with less pooling, all be it shallow. Dirt does build up and lead to pooling around seams, but that is argueable from both sides.

My suggestion would be a rain bucket(s). Put a few 5 gallon pails under your rain spouts and use that or just before it's due to rain get up there and agitate the real dirty areas. The pond/lake source is also a great idea.

Your roof will increase in mold like growth from dust and dew that eventually turns it black or gray. How that effects the material is one for the manufacturers to answer.

Again I think it is more for the owners to get up there and find issues as they develop since dirt can cover up cracks in sealants. Yes is greatly reduces black streaks which is my primary reason for getting up there.
X2, Well stated.
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