The safe and proper method to clean a roof has long been debated by many contractors. Although essential to maintaining and increasing both the value and appearance of your home, one must be very careful as to ensure that each roof is cleaned in a manner that is safe, effective, and efficient. The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has a branded caution against using high-pressure cleaning methods to remove algae and black streaks from roofs. Using a pressure washer to clean a roof is not only dangerous to the shingles; it is also a risk to the structural integrity of the roof. A non-pressure roof cleaning method should be utilized to remove algae, mold, and black streaks from a roof. Precision Power Washing introduced the SoftWash, and Roof Renew Roof Cleaning to the Evansville and Newburgh, Indiana area in order to provide homeowners and businesses with a safe, efficient way to increase exterior appeal. We use a delicate blend of environmentally friendly algae neutralizers, detergents, and surfactants to thoroughly clean and restore any roof or house, all with no damage to plants or animals. Following are a few tips from the SoftWash Pros.
Whether doing the job yourself or hiring a professional contractor, there are certain and specific steps that need to be taken in order for the job to be successful.
Step1: A pressure washer should never touch your roof. Regardless of whether or not the contractor insists that they use “low pressure”, the variations of defined “low pressure” are vast. Never should any high pressure cleaning methods be used to clean a roof.
Step 2: Always ask for references. A reputable contractor should be able and willing to provide a list of 5 references minimum. If the chosen contractor is unable to provide this list, then chances are he or she is inexperienced or cautious of their previous work.
Step 3: Always make sure the chosen contractor is insured to clean roofs. Although many companies are insured to perform pressure washing services, many insurance companies require additional coverage to perform roof cleaning services, as the liability is usually much greater. If the contractor is unable to provide proof of insurance, think twice before choosing them.
Step 4: Always pay close attention to the quality of service and business image. Work portfolios, business cards, flyers, etc. are all fairly good indicators of the type of quality you will receive. If the contractor cannot provide a picture portfolio of previous work, or has lower quality flyers and/or business cards, then most likely they will provide the same mediocre service.
Kevin O’Bryan, Owner