Could your roof do with a good wash? Washing your roof is an important part of maintenance. A good wash will get rid of debris, mold and mildew that has accumulated on your roof. It can help you avoid expensive repairs and improve the curb appeal of your property. However, you can only benefit from washing your roof if it is done right. Soft-wash roof cleaning is an effective and smart way to clean dirty roofs and increase their lifespan. Below, we take a closer look at soft washing for roofs.
What is Soft Washing?
Contrary to what many people believe, soft washing isn’t always washing with no pressure. In fact, soft washing is a cleaning method that involves the use of a pressure washer that has been set to low PSI (pressure per square inch). The pressure should be no more than 500 PSI. The tip of the pressure washer is also fitted with an appropriate nozzle. The nozzles used for soft washing are often wider nozzles or spray nozzles. These also help to reduce the pressure.
Soft washing often involves the use of specialized cleaning solutions. These solutions are used to clean dirt and kill organisms living on the surfaces being cleaned. At Reflections of Perfection, we make use of eco-friendly cleaning solutions that are gentle on surfaces. They will therefore not harm any protective coatings on your home.
Soft washing is recommended for surfaces such as outdoor wooden furniture, stucco, cedar shake siding, screens, wood panel siding, vinyl siding and porous surfaces.
Why is Soft Washing Recommended for Older Roofs?
Soft cleaning is recommended for older roofs as it uses low-pressure water to remove dirt. This helps to avoid the risk of damaging old or brittle roofing material. The cleaning solutions used during soft washing are effective at dissolving thick mud, soot, dust and other debris that may have accumulated on the roof over the years. Soft washing will help to restore the roof to its former glory.
Avoid Expensive Roof Repair with Soft Washing
Soft wash roof cleaning is not just a great way for improving the appearance of your roof but will also help to protect it. Soft washing can help you avoid damage to your roof resulting from:
- The growth of mold and mildew.
- Powdery residue from engine exhaust that can cause shingles and tiles to dry out and become brittle
- Accumulation of debris such as twigs, leaves and mud which can hold moisture
- Bird droppings which react chemically with roof shingles and tiles and cause damage
- Habitats of living creatures such as bird nests.
How to Avoid Damage to Roof Shingles and Tiles
One of the main reasons to avoid high pressure washing on your roof is the damage it can cause to shingles, tiles and other roofing materials. High pressure washing can strip protective granules from the surface of these materials and cause water to be absorbed by the tiles and shingles. This results in these materials becoming brittle.
The best way to protect your roof and avoid damage is by investing in soft washing. Ensure that the cleaning solution used will not damage your roofing materials.
Pressure Wash or Soft Wash, Which is Better?
The type of wash you choose for your home will depend on various factors including the materials that have been used as well as the surrounding environment. However, we recommend using soft washing for your roof, siding and windows to avoid costly damage.
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Want to refresh your home? We offer soft washing services at competitive prices. We are a fully insured cleaner with a trained and experienced team. Get in touch with us for a free quote and to schedule your cleaning.