It is recommended that you have pressure washing, also referred to as power washing, completed on your roof every one to two years. One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding roof power washing is that it is only done to improve the appearance of your roof. While pressure washing services do improve the look of your roof, the service also helps to remove elements from your roof that may cause damage. In turn, this helps to minimize repairs and extend the life of your roof. Here are three of the damaging items that can be removed from a roof through pressure washing.
Algae and Mildew Growth
A pressure washing company can remove any algae and mildew growth that is growing on your roof. It is important to remove algae and mildew growth when you first notice it. Both algae and mildew can grow on your roofing materials, and as they do, they can damage the materials. Algae and mildew can weaken asphalt shingles and wood shakes, causing them to split or crack. In addition to this, algae and mildew can stain many other types of roofing materials, including ceramic tiles and metal panels. Pressure washing removes all of the algae and mildew, as well as any stains that may be left behind.
Bird droppings are acidic and corrosive. They can damage many different types of exterior roofing materials, as well as the roof tar and roofing paper that adhere roofing materials in place and protect your roof from leaks. The longer bird droppings are allowed to sit on your roof, the more damage they can do. As such, you should take measures to prevent birds from landing and hanging out on your roof. You should also hire a pressure washing service to clean your roof if you notice bird poo accumulating on the roof.
Leaves, twigs, and other debris can land on your roof. While the debris itself is usually not an issue, it does invite other problems. Animals can see the material and create a nest on your roof. Pests can damage your roof as they walk across it or try to burrow into it. Or, debris sitting on your roof can be a fire hazard, especially with the 4th of July just around the corner. Pressure washing helps to push excess debris off of your roof, helping to prevent the problems that this debris can lead to.
Anytime you need your roof cleaned, you should always hire a pressure washing company to help you. Improperly power washing a roof can cause damage to the roof, which defeats the whole purpose of having the roof cleaned. Here at Griffs Pressure Washing Services, we have the experience to properly and thoroughly clean residential roofs made from a variety of materials, including shingles, shakes, and tiles. Reach out to us today and let us get your roof as clean as possible.