Moss, algae, dirt and particulate buildup in general poses a danger to residential and commercial roofs. Unfortunately, many of the products designed to clean roofs pose a different type of danger. Most commercial cleaning materials have not been evaluated for environmental or human safety. They may contain such toxins as chlorine, sodium hypochlorite, copper sulfate and tri-sodium phosphate (TSP). Besides posing a serious risk for the health of plants, pets and children, TSP and other ingredients can corrode metal fixtures and damage other surfaces.
The solution is to use so-called green or alternative cleaners. These are products that are verified to be non-toxic. The chemical ingredients won’t damage the home or linger in the soil either.
- Identifying Alternative Roof Cleaners
Since the presence of a product on the shelf doesn’t necessarily mean it is safe to use, how can consumers choose a green cleaner? Products may not have a complete list of ingredients, and they may contain some labeling information that is misleading. For instance, the biodegradable label only means a product breaks down in the environment. Even a label of non-toxic, according to consumer products watchdog Greener Choices, does not have specific standards governing its use.
Instead of falling prey to misleading labels, look for federally mandated hazardous waste warnings. They include:
- Toxic Poison
- Combustible Irritant
- Danger Warning
If a product is unsafe to dispose of in a landfill, it is not a green product. Remember to always follow the label directions closely. With so many products to choose from, it can often be confusing for homeowners to decide what route they should take for the cleaning requirements of there property . However, when it comes to safety and quality, one can never be to careful. If you are unsure as to which products are best suited for your home, contact Miami Roof-Tech and we will assist in helping you determine which option is right for your roofing system.