The most common reason homeowners want to pressure wash their roof is moss. When moss starts to accumulate on your shingles, it can be unsightly. It can also be hard to remove safely without causing damage to your roof. Big Moose Pressure Cleaning is here to talk about pressure washing your roof and the dangers associated with it.
Black Streaks & Moss on Roof Shingles
If you have a north facing home, you could be at risk of dark streaks or moss accumulating on your roof. The dark streaks are caused by a bacteria known as gloeocapsa magma or algae growth. Another cause for this algae growth is too much shade from trees. While there is no potential health threat from this algae, it is known to decrease the life expectancy of your roof. Most homeowners will go to great lengths to get rid of this streaking that tends to occur, but be warned, not all roof cleaning is created equal.
Avoid Damage when Pressure Washing Roof Shingles & Tiles
There are many inherent dangers that come with pressure washing your roof. If the roof is washed with too much pressure, it can start to break down your shingles and leave your roof susceptible to damage from severe weather. It will also break down the seal that is found between the shingles. Beyond shingle damage, any flashing that may be present around chimneys or skylights can be compromised as well. This warning isn’t just for asphalt shingles either. If you have a slate, tile or cedar shake roof, it can be severely damaged by someone pressure washing your roof without the proper training and experience. Not to mention, when you pressure wash a roof and don’t know what you are doing, it can actually spread the algae or bacteria to span the entire roof rather than just a portion of it.
Safe Roof Cleaning Methods
More and more people are finding that it is worth having your roof cleaned when you are having problems with algae and moss growth. You can actually extend the life of your roof to 25+ years if the job is done correctly. However, when homeowners that are inexperienced try to do it on their own, they often use a water pressure that is unsafe for the roof.
Soft Roof Washing, Power Washing & More in McDonough, Barnesville, Fayetteville, Covington, Locust Grove, Griffin, Stockbridge, Social Circle & Jackson, Georgia
At Big Moose Pressure Cleaning, we offer soft roof washing and we ensure your roof is safe as well as clean when we are finished. You can count on your roof looking like new by the time we are done with it and can plan to extend the life of your roof with our soft wash roof cleaning methods. Call us today!