DIY Soft Roof Cleaning – Roof Cleaning Monmouth
Before soft roof cleaning came along, homeowners had to resort to high-pressure power washing to get the black and green stains off their roofs. Yes, it was effective, but it was so powerful it damaged asphalt shingles, flashing, and siding. There’s a better way and it’s called soft roof cleaning. Best part is, weekend warriors: you can try it yourself.
Moss, algae and lichen can do a number on your roof, causing rotting and premature failure over the years. That’s why you need to get rid of it before it starts to be a problem. That streaky stuff you see on your roof is not really dirt – it’s a green-blue form of algae that feeds off the nutrients present in the limestone filler of your asphalt shingles. This algae spreads by animals and the wind, which you really can’t do much about. However, you CAN clean them periodically.
The only way to do this safely and effectively is through soft roof cleaning, which removes the algae – commonly referred to as roof mold – and protects your roof from attack. By removing these unsightly stains, you’re also saving money on energy costs by reducing the buildup of heat in your attic.
First, you’ll need to pick up the right cleaner. We recommend an oxygen powered environmentally friendly product that’s safe for most roofs (not metal though). If it’s simple dirt you want to remove from your siding, plain water will do, but if you need something stronger to get that mold or mildew off, you’ll need the right detergent.
You can rent a pressure washer from the home improvement store, but you don’t have to spend that money. Purchase a spray bottle of cleaner that can attach right to your garden hose for a simpler, more affordable solution. Here are some tips:
- Close all windows. Keep pets and kids inside.
- Wear safety goggles and gloves.
- Tackle this project on a dry day that’s not windy.
- Make sure any ladders you use have stabilizers.
- Keep the spray away from windows, especially if you’re using a pressure washer.
- Spray at a downward angle. If you spray upwards, you can loosen siding or asphalt shingles.
- Test a small part of your roof first before doing the whole thing. This way, you’ll notice if any damage occurs.
- Spray in a side to side motion, never staying in one spot for too long.
- When rinsing, go from top to bottom.
- Let dry.
- Repeat if needed.
If you try the DIY approach and just don’t get the results you need, call the professionals at Clearview Washing – Roof Cleaning Monmouth. We have the soft wash roof cleaning tools to get the job done right the first time. Plus, you can save time and instead enjoy it with your family. Call us today for a free estimate. It’s more affordable than you think!