Whether your roof is brand new or a few years old, it is important to make sure that it lasts as long as possible. Most simply do not have the time in their busy schedule to plan out a day to clean their roof. The professionals from Shine Window Cleaning have the tools and the experience to take care of your home cleaning needs for you. Discover what the difference between soft washing and hi-pressure washing is when it comes to keeping your roof protected and decide for yourself which one is the best option for you.
Importance of Roof Cleaning
Over time, there will be black streaks and other stains that appear on your roof. The blemishes come from mold, moss, and algae. Generally, it is caused by moisture on the roof and the rapid growth of organisms. The marks not only cause the look of your roof to be less than desirable, but the plants and other foliage growing can disrupt the functionality and even permanently damage the roof.
The longer you go without cleaning it, the worse the damage is going to get. The mold, algae, and lichens are going to have a greater opportunity to grow and could end up costing you a lot of money in repairs. Not only is it expensive to fix, it can also be a health hazard to your family who is breathing in the dangerous bacteria.
What is Soft Washing?
Soft washing is a low-pressure wash that cleans the bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungus off of your roof. It is gentle, safe, non-abrasive, and effective on all different kinds of materials. Additionally, the contractor will apply a chemical that kills all the dangerous particles that are growing up there for a 100% removal.
What is Hi-Pressure Washing?
Another name for hi-pressure washing is power washing. This is the method that is used by most contractors. Hi-pressure washing uses a strong stream of water or pressure to muscle the dirt and debris off of your home. The problem with this is the fact that many times damage occurs to the area being cleaned. This especially holds true if the person doing the washing does not do it with great care.
What’s the Difference?
There are two main differences between soft washing and hi-pressure washing. First of all, the pressure of the water being aimed at your delicate shingles, vinyl siding, and other surfaces is much lighter with a soft wash than it is with a hi-pressure wash. The hard wash has the potential of getting your home or roof clean, however, it does not completely eliminate the problem. Hi-pressure washing is kind of like using a piece of tape to attach a ripped piece of paper. Sure it makes the paper whole again, but it does not completely fix the problem.
When you request that your contractor does a soft wash instead of the power wash, you are getting the added benefit of a low-pressure chemical treatment application. Think about pulling out a weed. If you just pull out what can be seen on the surface, the weed is going to grow back again and again. Why? Because there are roots growing underground and that is where the main trouble lies. The same goes for the mold, mildew, bacteria, algae, moss, and other organisms growing on the roof. The chemical treatment penetrates all the way down to the base of the roof so that the main part is eliminated and cannot grow back.
Which is Right for Me?
Soft washing is going to be a better choice when it comes to keeping your roof clean and your family safe. The benefits include a 100% elimination of all bacteria and other organisms that may cause your roof to decay. Soft cleaning can be done on shake roofs, aluminum, tile, slate, and shingle. When washed properly, your roof is going to last longer and your energy bills will decrease.
When you start to see black streaks and other stains on your roof, it is time to do something about it. Contact us today to learn more about soft washing and hi-pressure washing and which one is right for your home!BACK