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Old 08-21-2017, 02:51 PM  
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Default Best Way to Deal With a Slipery Roof??

We have black alge growing on our metal roof.
M'Lady thinks it is very unsightly.
I agree.
It is.
It doesn't bother me as much as it does her.

But, I've seen where either a snail or slug has been eating the alge from the roof.
Our roof is the source for our catchment water supply.
Snails and slugs are the vector that can infect people with Rat Lungworm.
They will not be tolerated on the roof or in the gutters.

We've taken some estimates for pressure washing the roof and gutters.
The problem is that no one in our area is licensed or insured.
I will not put our home at risk.

I'm back to thinking about doing it myself again.
The first question that comes to mind, other than fall protection, is about dealing with a slippery roof surface.
I'm wondering if a pair of felt soled wading shoes might do the job, maybe a canvas drop cloth?

Thoughts, suggestions, other options?



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Do not attempt to walk the roof, even with fall protection. Foot traffic will scratch a painted surface, rust soon follows. I would either hire someone, or rent a man lift. If you can't get a lift close enough, contact a roofing company that does metal roof installs.


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It all depends on the pitch of the roof. Steep pitch is difficult to walk on even when clean and dry.

With a long wand on the washer you might be able to do the whole job from the edge off a ladder or scaffold.

Here is an 18 foot extendable one.

https://www.princessauto.com/en/deta...nd/A-p8006835e

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Every roof I can remember seeing around here is like ours, about 18 [4/12 pitch].
They're all relatively flat compared to most northern roofs that need to shed snow.
It actually works pretty good for our PV system.
We're @ almost 20N making it a flat install on the roof for the best angle.

It is decided.
In looking around, I have found references to roofers using the felt soled boots.

I have ordered a pair of felt soled wading shoes.
I will order the fall prevention gear from HD tomorrow when I go in to pick up another load of mulch for our fruit trees.
As soon as it gets into HD I'll be ready to begin.

I need to get the house roof pressure washed before I can begin the replacement of the lanai roof.


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