If you are like most homeowners, you rarely, if ever, analyze its cleanliness. After all, roofs are largely out of sight so they tend to be out of mind. However, if you neglect your roof, it will become stained and prone to damage as moss, mold, algae, and other bacteria gradually accumulate. Luckily, getting your roof soft washed is a simple and effective solution that will brighten up your home and ultimately save you money in the long term.
Spraying water from a hose onto your roof will not suffice in and of itself. Using standard pressure or power washing may remove the grime at the surface, but by next season the organic bacteria that was once cleared away will begin to grow back.
The solution is the innovative soft wash technique employed by our technicians at Gulf2Bay SoftWash. Soft washing utilizes the typical pressure washing equipment, but at a lower PSI (pressure per square inch) which prevents damage to the shingles or structure that occurs from too much water force. This low-pressure method, combined with our proprietary, eco-friendly cleaning solutions, not only cleans the surface of the roof but also destroys the mold, mildew, and bacteria at the root preventing its immediate return. Soft washing actually has the ability to last 4-6 times longer than conventional pressure washing!
Outside of your foundation, the roof may be the most important part of your home. Its main purpose is to offer protection from the elements for you, your family, and your belongings. Roofs provide insulation, aiding in the retention of heat in the winter and cool air in the summer. However, allowing organic bacteria to thrive unchecked can cause severe damage to its structure and prevent your roof from functioning properly.
Moss and algae are the two most common types of bacteria you will find on your shingles, but both actually affect your roof differently.
If you notice little mounds appearing on your roof, then you most likely have a moss problem. The longer it goes unchecked, the more it accumulates into rounded clusters. You’ll find that the moss is typically green throughout the wetter seasons, and may start to turn browner during prolonged periods of dry weather.
What’s the damage?
Moss affects the roof's individual shingles, especially those made of asphalt or wood shake. Shingles are intended to lie flat upon the roof to prevent moisture from seeping through. Eventually, the spread of moss along the pitch of your roof can make the edges of the shingles curl upward. The lifting of the shingles will allow water to permeate, which can lead to structural damage, wood rot, and even a leaking roof. In addition, the lifting can make it more likely for them to blow off during windy weather.
Algae is not a plant, but an organism that spreads by spores, and comes in a variety of colors. It can be brown, gray, blue, or green and will grow flush against your roof. If you notice black streaks that angle down the pitch of your roof, this is a blue-green algae called gloeocapsa magma.
What’s the damage?
If you have a cool roof or reflective roofing system, algae growth will interfere with its ability to reflect sunlight. If your roof serves as an energy-efficient system, as most do nowadays, then this could end up costing you when the time comes to pay your heating and cooling bills. Roof algae also retain moisture and can cause wood or asphalt shingles to deteriorate and rot.
The bottom line is the growth of algae, moss, lichen and the buildup of debris will compromise your shingles as time progresses, leading to costly repairs and replacement.
Our roof cleaning specialists are more than capable of performing safe and highly effective cleans of every type of roof.
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Gulf2Bay SoftWash California
1069 Shary Circle Suite C