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The Dirty Truth About (High Pressure) Power Washing

Neighbors have told you about the latest “guy” who uses high pressure power washing “and doesn’t my roof look great!” You are thinking your roof looks awful and you want it cleaned. The Dirty Truth About  (High Pressure) Power WashingDon’t fall for what the neighbor did!

Their roof may look ok on the surface, but they probably did some serious damage to it when it was “cleaned.” Here’s some dirty truths about high pressure power washing and why a roofing
company that uses a gentle wash process should be your only option.

Shingle tabs and granules

Using high pressure whether “correctly” from the top of the roof down or incorrectly from the ground, the high pressure of the water, regardless of the tip used on the power washer, will do a few things.

First it will lift the shingle tabs and break their seal on an asphalt or composite roof. That means that the whole system is compromised because the tabs are self-sealing. Without that self-sealing being intact the shingles will not only leak, but also be more prone to blow off during a storm.

Second, high pressure water removes the granules from the shingles. These granules are there to protect your roof. Removing them with high pressure shortens the lifespan of your roof.

Cracks in the shingles

High pressure water, no matter what angle you use to apply it, will get into cracks in the shingles or underlying materials and make them worse. This will mean that your roof is now leaking into your house. Now think about this: all that algae, moss, mold and mildew that is being removed from the shingles is also being forced into the cracks and into your home.

Safely clean a roof without power washing

There is really only one way to safely clean a roof. A gentle wash system that uses a cleanser to eradicate the mold, mildew, algae and moss, loosen the dirt and stains and then is rinsed with water pressure that is no higher than that of a garden hose.

If you are looking for a GREAT Gentle Wash Roof Cleaning Company in Palm Harbor and Clearwater, give Elite a call today! (727) 599-9252

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