Roof Cleaning Tips and Pressure Washing Advice

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Today, I am going to first talk about tips on cleaning shingle and tile roofs safely without the use of a pressure washer or any high pressure rinsing system. First, before you decide to have your roof cleaned by doing it yourself remember that when you do so you need to take all safety precautions and have all proper equipment ( a pump up sprayer will not work efficiently ): Have a safe ladder with a stabilizer so that it is not resting on the gutters or drip edge which can dent or even damage them the stabilizer is also to keep the ladder from kicking left or right leaving you stranded on the roof if you do not have a helper. Second you will need a 100 gallon tank and either a Shurflo electric pump or a FloJet pump. You will need 200 to 300 foot of 3/4 inch poly braid hose, a ball valve, connectors, fan tip, wand, a 12v system to run the pump such as a deep cycle or regular car battery. Third a respirator for vapors not a paper mask! Gloves & eye protection. Fourth you will need a good amount of solution. Roofing manufacturers suggest a mix of (Sodium Hypochloite) or Pool Chlorine, (Tri-Sodium Phosphate) or TSP and mix it at a 40 gallons of chemical and 60 gallons of water. Lastly you will need a 100 ft waterhose to keep plants wet during the cleaning and also for rinsing the roof.

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You can do it in a more cost effective and safer manner by contacting a reputable and highly experienced roof cleaning contractor like me. Which can clean your roof efficiently, effectively and safely instead of purchasing all that equipment and supplies. I have been cleaning roofs since 1998 and I have seen it all. From the do it yourselfer who gave up after a week of trying, to the person who had purchased a spray on and leave it roof cleaning product from a home improvement store or online that just did not work at all to the person who thought they called the right company until they showed up with a pressure washer in the bed of their truck attempting to or actually cleaning their roof and the cleaning did a lot of damage or simply did not last for more than 3 or 4 months or both. So make sure that who you do hire uses Non Pressure Roof Cleaning Methods that gives you long lasting and instant results with a type of warranty.

Go to this site for very useful information: www.roofcleaningchemicals.com

Now advice on pressure cleaning: From the exterior to the driveway to pool enclosures and decks there is a wrong way and a right way to pressure clean them. The stereotypical picture that you probably think of when pressure cleaning is the one where high pressure is used up close with just water fanning side to side on all surfaces. The actual way we do it is a cold water, solution controlled chemical cleaning with custom tips for application and rinsing. For flat surfaces like concrete driveways and sidewalks we also see “new short term” start up companies using either a high volume 15, 25 or 40 degree tips which is so time consuming and does not clean evenly at all; you may have had yours cleaned by this method and within a short period you will see the mildew growing back and a striped pattern that emerges. We use a different approach, the tool is a classic whisper wash surface cleaner that looks like a buffer in a way but it is actually a spraybar with 2 tips that rotate at high RPMs and cleans the surface evenly and efficently and afterwards we do what most do not do. We apply a light solution to actually kill the mildew root system that is left over after cleaning with plain water so that when it starts getting dirty again in a few years it will come back evenly and not leave an ugly line pattern down the driveway and sidewalks. I have even seen driveways that were cleaned like this that the homeowner was told that is the best it is going to get which I think is not a good way to do business and that can ruin it but also help for those who do it right.

Pressure washing exteriors, screen enclosures and other surfaces that require careful and experienced knowledge to do so: The way to do it right is to first use a detergant fan tip or a wide orface stream tip to allow the solution to pass through the injection system on all exterior surfaces like the underside of the drip edge, facia, soffits, outside of gutters and walls or all vertical surfaces and on pool enclosures all screens and beams. There is no spot treating since it will just create a big clean spot. Once the cleaning solution is applied by sections and it has sat for for about a minute or so we will switch tips and flush out the lines to where fresh water is only coming out and then rinse the sections that the solution was applied to completely including all windows and doors. This solution removes green algae, mildew, bug and spider debris, wasp nests, mud dauber nests and other debris that is on the exterior. The custom tips I had made for me cut off the circulation flow of the solution and only lets fresh water to pass through and the solution injection it controls the percentage at 15% at all times.

The results are amazing and they are long lasting. You will be happy when you see how it comes out and also how long it stays clean. Although in the more humid climates cleanings of course never last forever since the spore block inhibitors wear off like pest control products and lawn care products do. However, we do have a maintenance program to come out every year to keep your exterior free of damaging mildew and other contaminants in the air.

 

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