New Jersey Soft Washing: Protect Your Roof By Keeping It Clean

An Overview of Soft Washing

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Standard asphalt roof before SoftWash was applied

Softwashing assists homeowners in protecting their roofs from the damage caused by unwelcome plant organisms, such as mildew, algae and moss. Unlike harsh power washing, it treats a home’s exterior gently.

Why Asphalt Roofs Sometimes Become Stained

Perhaps you have noticed homes with asphalt roofs covered by unsightly dark streaks? Today many

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Standard asphalt roof after SoftWash was applied

residential roofs consist of tough, durable asphalt shingles. These fire-resistant tiles include aggregate materials; most modern asphalt shingles incorporate liberal amounts of limestone in this mix. Although the use of limestone helps in preventing flames from spreading as rapidly if roofs ever catch fire, one drawback exists: the limestone serves as a food source for some types of bacteria and algae. These pests produce unattractive stains that discolor beautiful asphalt roofs.

Environmental Degradation

Over time, algae may spread across a home’s exterior. Often, this process occurs in conjunction with the arrival of other organisms, such as bacteria, lichens and moss. Although the mechanisms remains poorly documented, these microscopic plants eventually break down asphalt shingles. As tiles darken, they reflect less sunlight and suffer structural damage. They bend, curl, crack or even tear. Individual tiles loosen; they may blow off the roof during a heavy thunderstorm. So in addition to unattractive visible stains caused by algae, roofs eventually sustain damage, as well.

A Long Term Process

The first signs of a stained asphalt roof offer a useful sign to homeowners that their home requires maintenance. Left untreated, algae stains do not just go away. In fact, they usually worsen as the infestation spreads. Just as untreated gum diseases will eventually result in lost teeth, a roof will suffer additional damage if a property owner ignores algal staining. Black streaks across a tiled roof indicate that a problem exists…over the course of time, tiles will likely sustain further damage. Physical deterioration may occur. Homeowners who treat their shingles with softwashing at the first available opportunity potentially save money by extending the useful lifetime of their asphalt tiled roofing system.

Soft Washing Versus Pressure Washing

A softwash system offers a number of advantages compared with pressure washing for roof cleaning Bergen, Passaic, Morris, Essex, and Sussex Counties. High velocity jets of water do not pound against the roof’s surface. Instead, regular pressure streams wash the residential exterior gently. Just consider these benefits:
Soft Washing is less likely to dislodge roofing shingles;
• It does not break or damage asphalt shingles;
• The process does not require an expensive power washer;
• Soft Washing usually occurs while the operator stands on the ground;
• The spray will not create leaks by loosening or washing away flashing;
• Soft Washing typically removes algae, fungus, bacteria, lichens and moss.

Chemical Treatments

SoftWash professionals receive extensive training. They learn how to kill algae and bacteria. Usually the sprays applied during soft washing include chemical additives that retard algal growth. The SoftWash process both cleans and sanitizes surface areas to inhibit the regrowth of unwanted microorganisms in the shingles. It beautifies and protects roofs.

Contact a Trusted NJ Roof Cleaning Service

Our professional NJ roof cleaning service can prevent roof decay and keep your home’s exterior looking beautiful. We use professional equipment to ensure the safety of our experienced staff in addition to the safety of your home and roof. Don’t let issues with your roof go unchecked as this will only lead to greater damage to your home. Call us at (866) 971-2847 or fill out an online contact form to schedule a free home inspection.