Softwash Roof Cleaning
Roof Cleaning Company in Northern Virginia
Why Roof Cleaning is Important
Our Roof Cleaning Service at Advanced Pressure Washing is turning the pressure down and allowing science to do the work of improving your homes appearance and protecting your roofing materials. Having those black or dark green stains that makes your home look old, may causes you to violate your homeowners associations policy, creates a health risk and reduces the life of your roof. Cleaning your asphalt roofing or tile shingles is important for more than just the appearance because those stains are an organic plant such as Algae and Moss that grows on your shingles and creates the majority of the black streaks. Over time the roots will dig into your shingles weakening them and collect pollution from the air causing more black stains across your roofing.
Our Technique For Removing Stains From Your Roof
To clean you roof we start by turning down the pressure and apply a cleaning solution to break down the organic matter clinging to your roof. Our technicians will protect any delicate or new landscaping to in case the plants are sensitive. Once the cleaning solution is washed away your roof will look like new and it should remain stain free for years depending on how steep it is and whether or not one of your roof slops face north. There is no easy solution for preventing the roof stains from coming back overtime but many companies will sell you different products that they claim will help.
One of the most popular solutions to keep your roof clean is to add copper or zinc strips to your existing roof. The strips are reported to be effective but only in a limited area so algae and moss will still eventually grow in places just below the strips. Also according to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association it is not recommended because depending on how they're installed you may either have to break the current seal to apply the strips and could violate your warranty or they may use nails that are exposed and over time water will leak through. Roofing Manufacturers do make shingles with zinc and copper in them to prevents stains but that only helps if you're in a position for a complete roof replacement and even those will lose there effectiveness over a period of 7 -10 years. All hope is not lost you can do some things to prevent those roof stains from coming back so here are a few tips.
Tips On Preventing Algae, Moss And Other Stains
Clean your Gutters: Cleaning your gutters will prevent the water from backing up or spilling over the sides. That’s what typically creates those black tiger strips you see on the sides of your gutters. You will also want to make sure that any gutter coming from a 2nd or 3rd story is draining directly into a lower gutter or it has it’s own down spout to prevent excessive wear in an isolated area allowing organic spores to dig into the shingle.
Preventive Work: If you have any trees that hang over your house you will want to have them trimmed to expose your roof to more sunlight that keeps your roof dry and prevents organic matter such as leaves and sticks from falling on it and creating an environment for other plant materials to grow. If you already have debris on your roof you can clean it yourself by using a leaf blower pushing it with the grain so you don’t damage the shingles or force plant life into the cracks. Of course if you don't want to climb on your roof with a leaf blower you can hire a professional Power Washing Service like ours to clean it using our soft wash system.
Advanced Pressure Washing is a locality owned and operated roof cleaning company working across Northern Virginia from Gainesville to Loudoun and Prince William County.
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