Your roof keeps you safe. It protects you from the elements and ensures proper water drainage down and away from your home. To extend its life, regular cleaning is essential! Here’s why…
Benefits of Regular Roof Washing
If moss and algae are allowed to grow and sit on your shingles for long periods of time, eventually the growth will get out of control and will deteriorate the shingles. Then you are left with replacing most if not all of your shingles and spending large sums of money to do so. The solution: regular maintenance.
We recommend cleaning your roof about once every 2-3 years depending on how high the humidity level is where you live and how much shade you have around your property. If you live in an area with a lot of humidity and your home gets a lot of shade throughout the day, you may need to clean it more often as algae is more prone to grow in areas with more moisture. But how exactly do you clean it and what equipment is needed?
How to Clean Your Roof
You have likely heard a lot about the benefits of pressure washing for exterior home cleaning. While pressure washing is an effective and popular cleaning method that leaves surfaces sparkling, avoid using it on roofs. Asphalt shingles are considered fragile and simply cannot endure power washing; they will tear apart and break under the pressure.
The best method for roof cleaning is soft washing! But, what is soft washing? It involves using powerful detergents that are made to break down tough stains and algae and mold growth. This technique is perfect for siding, soffit, and wood decks and outdoor furniture. It is gentle yet effective at eliminating contaminants. The solvents do the hard work and you just rinse the surface at the end!
Soft Washing Steps
You will begin by removing all debris including twigs, leaves, and dirt. Then, using a wide spray tip attached to a pressure washer (the wide spray tip lowers the water pressure), you will apply the detergent to the entire area. Allow the solutions to remain on the surface for several minutes (10-15 minutes) and then gently rinse them away. And viola! Your roof will be clean and moss-free. You may, however, have to give it a few weeks before you see final results as the contaminants may not completely wash off on the initial cleaning.
Hire Professional Soft Washing Services
You likely have a lot on your plate. Save time you would be spending researching the needed tools and equipment and the best soft washing methods and hire a professional roof cleaning company to handle the job. A certified and licensed cleaning technician is prepared with the necessary tools, detergents, and personal protective gear to get your roof shining in no time. Save money with an experienced contractor and ensure zero damage to your property!