Roof Cleaning Services
Did you know that it is estimated that 70% of homeowners re-roof their home way too early? Let us save you thousands of dollars by softwashing your roof for a fraction of the cost of replacement. Think about it for a minute. Your roof was designed to last 25-30 years (asphalt shingles). Why would you re-roof before it is needed and waste all that money?
Many homeowners are hesitate to have their roof cleaned because they are uneducated on the benefits of softwashing. They might have heard horror stories of fly-by night companies trying to clean roofs and damaging their landscaping or the roof itself. Frequently asked questions are “Will it hurt my plants?”, ” What do you use to clean the roof?”, or “Do you guys use a pressure washer?”
First and foremost, only allow a reputable company to perform roof cleaning on your home! When done correctly, softwash roof cleaning will not damage your landscaping. We know that you take pride in your lawn and surrounding vegetation. Our tried and true process will only add value to your property without damage to your plant life or roof. We use our proprietary algicidal solution to gently remove Gloeocapsa magma roof stains, moss, lichen, and other organisms that thrive on your roof. Our softwash system is specifically designed to be under 100 PSI. The softwash process relies on the cleaning solution to do the work, not high pressure. We are able to remove most of the heavy moss before we treat the roof. We can usually remove about 85 to 90% of the heavy moss and 99.9% of the black Gloeocapsa magma.
What is Soft Washing?
Soft washing is a cleaning method that uses a low pressure washing technique, along with a -mixture of algaecides, bleach, surfactants and water, to safely clean exterior surfaces of organic stains, mildew and algae.
What is the difference between Soft Washing and Power Washing/Pressure Washing?
Although soft washing, power washing and pressure washing seem similar they all use different techniques, equipment, pressure and chemicals. Power washing and pressure washing use a much more powerful water pressure than soft washing and power washing is typically done with much hotter water than pressure washing. The Soft Washing method is combined with a biodegradable disinfecting cleaning solution to kill the mold, mildew, bacteria, algae, fungus, moss and more.
Why should you Soft Wash your roof?
Gloeocapsa Magma (algae) is common on roofs and often leaves signature black streaks all over your shingles. This substance thrives in humidity and hot temperatures and spreads out, having a destructive effect on your roof. It feeds off the moisture that certain types of shingles hold on to. While the roof is effected, it begins to lose its ability to reflect UV rays and eventually rots the shingles. This has been said to effect roofs severely and can take up to 10 years off the life of a roof. Soft washing is the only way to effectively remove this algae without damaging the shingles and voiding any warranty. The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association recommends low-pressure bleach or detergent assisted washing as the preferred method for cleaning asphalt roofs in order to prevent damage to the shingles.
Pressure washing a roof, even at low pressure, can and will void your warranty and cause granular loss. This means that the integrity of the roof tiles will be compromised due to damage from the intense pressure of the water. In addition, power-washing only scrubs the surface of the roof without removing the root systems that have grown in, around, and under the tiles.
The Soft Wash technique eliminates all plant, fungal, and bacterial life and any dirt and grime from the roof safely, returning it to its original color with no risk of damage to the roofing materials
How do we Soft Wash your roof?
First we prepare your surrounding area and protect any plants or grass you have around the surface area we are cleaning. Then, we prepare the solution. Once the solution is prepared, load it into an agricultural sprayer to apply to the surface we are cleaning. Soft washing runs water through a pump and hose with very little pressurization. The pump can also direct the cleaning solution mixture through the hose. Then the hose is directed at the surface being cleaned and the water mixture is sprayed out.
The soft wash system normally consists of higher concentration of cleaning solutions and a higher volume of water versus pressure. Application is gentle, with less pressure than what comes out of your garden hose. Once we are done, depending on the surface-like a roof, the solution is left on the surface in order to kill everything down to the roots versus if you have applied it to siding, then it is typically rinsed off.