Power Washing for Cleaning Mold, Mildew and Algae From Roof
Your roof is a vulnerable area that can sustain damage from harsh weather conditions and unrelenting attacks from dirt, grime, mold, mildew and algae. These contaminants are more than unsightly; they can actually destroy your roof’s structure and rob it of its natural lifespan. A power wash is a great way to clean these buildups and remove them from your home’s surface, helping your roof look better, last longer, and keep you and your family safe.
Power washing is a process that uses jets to spew pressurized water from a hose or other source. The high temperature of the water makes it ideal for blasting away materials stuck to surfaces. This makes it particularly helpful for cleaning grease, oil stains and other hard-to-remove substances from outdoor surfaces such as driveways, patios, decks, garage floors, etc. A power washer can also be used to quickly and easily clean moss, mildew, mold and algae from your home’s exterior and concrete siding.
Whether you have a slate, wood or metal roof, regular power washing will help extend the life of your roofing shingles and decking. It is also an excellent way to remove moss, which often shows up as dark streaks across your roof’s surface and can cause rot and water damage to your home. A power wash is especially useful if your roof is covered with mildew or lichen, which may be difficult to clean with normal household products.
The constant assault from the elements and lack of routine maintenance can leave your home’s exterior surfaces infested with unsightly stains, mildew, mold, algae and moss. These organisms can not only damage your home’s exterior, but they can affect how well your home is insulated and impact your energy costs. A clean, healthy and sanitized exterior can also improve your property value.
The best method for preventing mold, mildew, algae and moss growth is to regularly clean the entire exterior of your home. While power washing is effective, it is best to start with a low-pressure setting and work your way up to avoid stripping the granules from your shingle roof or blowing them away entirely. In addition, a professional power washing company can use a special detergent to effectively kill the fungus without harming your shingles or the surrounding plants and trees.