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Roof Washing

The Best Time for Roof Washing is Coming Soon!

The best time for roof washing is at the start of Fall and before Winter. Soft washing is the safest solution for cleaning all roof styles, such as asphalt shingles, terra cotta, slate, stone, and metal.

Roof washing benefits are:

  • Preventative Care
  • Extend Longevity
  • Restore Natural Appearance
  • Lower Energy Cost

What are common problems found on roofs?

In Texas, the most popular roof style is asphalt shingles due to the economical pricing. However, competitive pricing means manufacturers use fillers such as wood chips and cardboard. Due to these fillers, 80% of shingled roofs will develop moss, mold, and fungus growth problems. These organisms deteriorate your roof, which results in water damage when left unaddressed. Another common problem on roofs is rust and corrosion caused by iron in metal and some natural stones. It is unsightly but can also spread and cause decay.

What is soft washing? Why can’t I pressure wash?

Soft washing is the safe alternative to pressure washing using water-based, biodegradable solutions that emulsify dirt and grime. Soft washing dissolves cobwebs and kills mold, bacteria, and algae while sanitizing the surfaces. It uses one-third the water of pressure washing and lasts four to six times longer. Pressure washing can damage many roof surfaces and cause more problems.

So, what’s the process?

Soft washing uses low pressure and a high-water flow with added cleaning agents and surfactants. Rather than using a pressure washer that may clean but not kill algae, low-pressure pumps spray cleaning solutions. The solutions dwell giving them time to activate. Then a tech will rinse and repeat as many times as needed.

Are my plants affected?

Possibly. However, reputable companies take precautions to help prevent this by watering before, during, and after the process. When the work is complete, a plant wash solution is applied that contains Gypsum. Gypsum neutralizes the effects of sodium hypochlorite and gives the plants nutrients. Covering plants creates a greenhouse effect, so this solution is an option in ideal circumstances only. Plants directly in the roof’s drip line, where no rain gutters are present, are most likely to defoliate or turn brown. This condition, though unsightly, is often temporary.

What if my plants die?

90% of the affected plants usually recover within 90 days. Professionals cover the replacement cost when plants do not return to life after the recovery period.

Is it safe to clean my roof?

Soft washing is the safest solution. Professionals will dilute, divert, and decontaminate any runoff from the roof. Normally, everything is reachable from the edge of the roof. However, walking the roof to access hard-to-reach areas like a chimney may be necessary. In this case, make sure who you hire has safety harnesses, ropes, and lanyards to reduce your liability. Though not required in Texas, worker’s comp further protects you from a home insurance claim if someone is injured on your property.

Get a second opinion before you replace a roof due to discoloration. A local expert in your area is Paneless Home Services. Call (214) 662-2300 for a complimentary consultation.

RO technology is reverse osmosis water that is filtered through a five-stage process. This process removes all total dissolved solids and chlorine that cause water to spot or dry hard because of minerals. Since the water is pure, it acts as a cleaning agent itself. Water loves minerals so when we remove those minerals, it wants them back. We refer to it as thirsty water. So ask yourself, what is in soil? Minerals. Now you have water that wants minerals. So we use this RO water to adsorb the soil on a window or floor surfaces. This RO water is incorporated into the majority of the services we provide.