Signs Your Asphalt Roof Needs to Be Repaired

Remove Pine Tar From Your Workshop's Rooftop

If tall pine trees surround your workshop and pine tar has accumulated on a few of the shingles that cover the roof, removing the tar will preserve the appearance of the rooftop and will eliminate excess weight from being applied to shingles which could cause them to bend or crack. The project below will teach you how to remove pine tar and clean the roof. Upon completing the project, hire a tree service to trim branches on the pine trees so that shingles are no longer exposed to pine tar:

Tools And Materials

  • gardening gloves
  • harness and hat
  • extension ladder
  • garden hose
  • power wand 
  • plastic putty knife
  • hand brush (stiff bristles)
  • lawn and garden sprayer
  • degreaser
  • detergent
  • bleach
  • deck brush

Soften And Treat The Tar

Put a pair of gardening gloves over your hands. Lean an extension ladder next to the workshop and stabilize the ladder's base before extending the ladder. Put on a harness and hard hat and secure a power wand to the end of a garden hose. Ascend the ladder and locate the roofing materials that are covered with pine tar.

Set the power wand to a setting that will emit a powerful stream of water when the hose's nozzle is pressed. Aim the power wand over the tar-covered surfaces and release water from the hose. Soak the pine tar for a few minutes so that the hardened substance softens. Use the edge of a plastic putty knife to scrape the tar from the rooftop. 

Remove Stains And Clean The Entire Roof

Climb down the ladder and add components to a lawn and garden sprayer's basin to make a cleaning solution to treat stains on the shingles. First, remove the sprayer's basin from the machine and add water to the basin. Pour a small amount of a degreaser, detergent, and bleach into the basin. Attach the basin to the sprayer and turn the machine on to mix the contents in the basin. Climb the ladder and aim the sprayer's nozzle at the stained shingles. Release the cleaning agent by squeezing the machine's trigger.

After the shingles are coated with the cleaning agent, allow the mixture to soak into the surface of each dirty shingle. Rub the bristles on a scrub brush over the shingles. After stains have been lifted from the shingles, spray the cleaning solution on the rest of the workshop's rooftop and use a deck brush to remove substances from the shingles. Spray the entire rooftop with water when you have finished. Consult with the owner of a tree service to set up a time to have the pine trees pruned. 

Contact a company like Wolf Siding & Windows for more information and assistance.