Pressure Washing Your Home: When to DIY and When to Call the Pros

Pressure Washing Your Home When to DIY and When to Call in the ProsYou may have noticed dirt, grime, and debris on the sides of your home, fences, and walkways. This can be the result of the hurricane and rain storms that have visited Central Florida this year. Pressure washing will remove all of the dirt and grime, but it is a major job.

When to DIY

In Central Florida, the reality is that grime build up happens and you need to pressure wash your home to protect the exterior from damage. You may decide to wash down your patio and pool deck with a hose or bucket and scrub brush. This is a smaller job than washing down your house, but it is time-consuming.

You can also rent a pressure washer, attach it to your hose and wash down the fence, driveway, and walkways and even the roof. Regardless of the area, you may find that smaller sections where grime builds up are easy to take care of by yourself or to maintain in between professional power washes.

When to Call the Pros

A professional pressure washing will cover the following:

  • House, soffits, and gutters
  • Driveways
  • Walkways
  • Steps
  • Pool decks
  • Fencing
  • Roofs

The entire exterior will be professionally washed down with emphasis on the most difficult areas. This includes the corners of stairs and buildings. Dirt usually collects in the corners and backs of outdoor steps and stairways. A professional should use a non-toxic cleaning fluid that breaks up dirt.

The upper stories of your home’s exterior are often difficult to reach. This includes the area under the roof where dirt and mold collect. The patio and pool deck may also require pressure washing along with driveways and walkways. The shady side of a house or fence is likely to have mold and possibly fungus. Algae may grow in brighter parts of the building, fence or walkway.

Protect the area that requires cleaning by adjusting the pressure to accommodate the fragility of the surface. A professional knows how to control the nozzle for the correct pressure. Professional pressure washing equipment is of higher-quality than rental options, so it does a more thorough job than small hand-held units available.

Roof Cleaning is Best Left to the Pros

Having a professional service clean your shingle or tile roof with a non-pressure system is especially important since they require special care to prevent damage. Shingles should be carefully washed with a nontoxic and non-corrosive cleaner that will not harm the surface or underlayment. A non-pressure chemical cleaning is the safest way to clean the roof and ensure no damage. Too much pressure can harm asphalt shingles by washing away the surface granules.

Similar to the shingle roof cleaning, non-pressure chemical tile roof cleaning will kill and remove all mold and mildew present on tile roof without damaging or affecting the integrity of the roof being cleaned. Clay roof tiles often have a sealant to protect against algae and mold. Slate roofing also needs a very gentle wash to prevent delamination of the tiles.


Pressure Washing by Mike Schwab will give your home a new look with a thorough pressure washing. Our company serves Brevard County including Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Rockledge. Non-pressure roof cleaning is also available.

Are Tile and Shingle Roofs Cleaned the Same Way?

Are Tile and Shingle Roofs Cleaned the Same Way?Homeowners often wonder, “Are tile and shingle roofs cleaned the same way?”

Extending the life of the roof on your home in Florida includes pressure washing. Removing harmful grime build up isn’t just to make your roof look clean. It can keep the tiles from disintegrating. Different roof cleaning methods and washes are necessary for tile or shingle roofs. The type of cleaners used depends on the composition of the roof shingles and/or tiles. All roofs benefit from a non-pressure chemical roof cleaning,

How to Clean Shingle Roofs

Bitumen and asphalt shingles have a textured, sandy finish. This is designed to prolong the life of the shingles. The shingles come in different styles and colors. They all need cleaning to remove dirt, grime, moss, mold, and algae. Homes in Florida are especially susceptible algae and mold due to the humid climate.

Moss and algae can eat into the surface of shingles and lead to fungus growth and wood rot in the roof supports. Frequent cleaning is necessary if your roof has shady spots because moss and algae will grow more quickly there.

Shingles should be carefully washed with a nontoxic and non-corrosive cleaner that will not harm the surface or underlayment. A non-pressure chemical cleaning is the safest way to clean the roof and ensure no damage. Too much pressure can harm asphalt shingles by washing away the surface granules.

How to Clean Tile Roofs

There are several types of tiles used throughout Florida for homes with popular Spanish-style architecture. Red ceramic tiles are common. The tiles are harder but more porous than asphalt shingles and subject to cracks and breaks if too much pressure is applied. Pressure washing tile roofs will crack the grout that holds the ridge caps on and also force water under the tile.

Similar to the shingle roof cleaning, non-pressure chemical tile roof cleaning will kill and remove all mold and mildew present on tile roof without damaging or affecting the integrity of the roof being cleaned.

Clay tiles are even more porous. The mixture of sand and clay produces tiles that are great insulators. These roofs hold in the cooled air. Clay roof tiles often have a sealant to protect against algae and mold.

Slate roofing also needs a very gentle wash to prevent delamination of the tiles. A slate roof that is carefully cleaned can last for more than 50 years.

Professional Service

If you are wondering if tile and shingle roofs are cleaned the same way, you may want to consider having a professional service clean your roof with the right tools and safety equipment. Pressure Washing by Mike Schwab specializes in non-pressure roof cleaning for tile and shingle roofs in Brevard County, Florida. A special non-toxic solution is carefully applied to restore roofs, and we have the skills and tools to handle any unexpected developments. Contact us for more information on thoroughly cleaning your roof.

Before You Sell Your Home, Pressure Wash It!

sell home pressure washingYou know the saying, “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” It’s true when meeting new people and when viewing a home for sale. The outside of your home is the first thing buyers see when they drive up. Curb appeal matters and it has a huge impact on the resale potential of your home.

Taking the time to pressure wash your home can help increase the number of prospective buyers. After all, if you drove by a home for sale that had dirty siding, an algae covered sidewalk and a mud-caked fence, would you stop and tour the open house? Probably not. However, a home that looks like it has fresh paint, a clean driveway, and well-maintained fencing will draw in more traffic.

A good, thorough professional pressure washing of your home before you sell it will add to its curb appeal and well-maintained appearance, helping you sell your home faster.

Pressure Washing Your Home

There are several parts of your home which will benefit from a professional pressure washing. Wash away the grime that has accumulated on the shady side of your home. You may have mold or algae growing on the sections of your home that get less sun. This is often the case in damp weather. Debris may build up on the sunny side as well.

Dust and dirt collect on stucco, wood, and cement. Your entire house may only need a good pressure wash for improved curb appeal. An expert pressure washing can help bring tired looking surfaces back to life and make the paint on your home look fresh again.

Driveways, pathways, and steps will benefit from pressure washing too. Dirt and mold grow in corners and cracks in steps and cement driveways. The high-pressure wash will remove this debris.

Decks, pool areas, and fences will also take on an improved appearance with pressure washing. The dirt and mold will be washed away from wood and cement surfaces. Bricks and paving stones will look bright and clean. Pressure washing is the best way to remove dirt from grout.

Soft Washing for Roofs

A very light pressure “soft washing” technique using safe, effective chemicals should be used on tile and shingle roofs to remove dirt without harming the roofing materials. This gives a fresh look to an old roof.

Pressure washing equipment has several speeds and nozzles that are used to control the force of the water on different surfaces. This protects the surface while removing dirt. A professional pressure washing company will use the proper technique and equipment to get the job done right.

Pressure Washing by Mike Schwab serves Brevard County residential and commercial buildings with complete exterior cleaning. Give us a call to help you get your home or commercial building in top shape before selling. It’s an easy, cost-effective service that can help you sell your property faster.

What to Look for in a Pressure Washing Service in Melbourne, FL

Tile Roof Cleaning After - Brevard County FLHomeowners in Florida often search for a pressure washing service to remove algae, mildew, and dirt from their property. The warm, humid climate along Florida’s Space Coast, including Melbourne and the surrounding area, creates the perfect environment for biological growth on roofs, homes, fences and walkways. A reliable pressure washing service will have the proper equipment for cleaning several types of surfaces. The pressure in the hose must be regulated to thoroughly clean each of the different surfaces.

Areas ideal for pressure washing include:

  • Walkways
  • Decks
  • Fences
  • Siding
  • Gutters

Shingle and tile roofs require a thorough soft washing process.

Understanding the Surface

Pressure washing uses water under pressure to remove dirt, algae, mildew, fungus and other pathogens from surfaces. These particles build up on walkways and pool decks. A complete pressure wash will remove particles from cracks and textured surfaces without injuring the material.

A pressure wash eliminates oil, dirt, pollen and other harmful debris from driveways. This is the best method for removing grime from concrete surfaces. A powerful stream of water will remove built-up dirt and dead leaves from the corners of concrete and brick steps. Walkways will be free from harmful debris that can cause people to trip or slide.

Mold, black mildew, fungus, and algae may grow on one or more sides of a building. A pressure wash is the best way to eliminate all of the unwanted growth on vinyl, brick or concrete structures.

Pressure washing will renew a dirty, warped fence. A complete washing is usually necessary before a wood fence can be repainted or stained and is not harmful to wood decks and steps.

Roof Washing

Mildew, mold, and algae can grow on roofs in Florida’s humid climate. A high-pressure system can damage shingles and tiles so it should not be used on roofs. A non-pressure spray with a cleaning solution made for roofing materials should be used to remove dirt and grime from tiles and shingle roofs. This is not a do-it-yourself job since special equipment is needed to safely access all parts of the roof.

A special spray is used with the soft washing technique to spread a solution to inhibit the growth of algae and black mildew on the roof. This type of washing process is recommended for fences and the sides of homes as well.

The professional equipment used is different from the power wash units you can buy or rent. A professional pressure washing company will have all of the attachments and other tools necessary to do a complete job.

Pressure Washing by Mike Schwab serves the Melbourne area, including Palm Bay and other communities, with pressure washing and soft washing. All roof cleaning is done with our safe, proven, non-pressure chemical application which safely removes all mold and mildew without damaging the shingle or tile roof. We work with homeowner associations and commercial buildings to keep your grounds clean and safe. Contact us for a free estimate.

Soft Washing: Is It Right for Your Property?

Pressure washing by Mike Schwab soft washingSoft washing was originally developed as a means of pest control. A gentle spray put chemical pesticides on roofs and siding of homes and commercial buildings. This system worked although the chemicals used in the process were often harsh. Bleach was mixed with water to remove fungus, bacteria, mold, mildew and algae from buildings.

Soft Washing Today

The soft washing process used today usually Pressure washing by Mike Schwab soft washingincludes a variety of solutions sprayed at low pressure to remove algae, mold, and mildew from a building’s exterior. A special low-pressure spray nozzle is used to apply the chemical treatment. This treatment does not harm roof shingles or siding while it inhibits the return of the micro-organisms.

Removing Stains

You may see black mold stains on the shady side of your home. Green slime can also grow in Florida’s damp climate. Fungus usually grows on wet wood such as shady fences, under roofs and wood decking, leading to wood rot. Soft washing with the right solution will remove these organisms and inhibit their return.

Soft washing will not harm painted or stained surfaces. It can be used on fences and pool decks that have algae build-up. Soft washing is often used on outdoor steps in shady areas where mold can start in corners and spread across the surface areas not touched by shoes.

Pressure Washing vs. Soft Washing

Pressure washing will blast away surface stains, but will not kill the mold spores. The soft wash process applies the solution, it does not remove the stains. The stains dissolve as the solution goes to work on the surface to destroy the infestation of algae and mold. Then the solution is rinsed away. The solution works on tile and composite shingle roofs along with siding and walkways. Pressure washing and soft washing both have their appropriate uses and a professional pressure washing company will know which application is best for your property.

The soft washing process can work to keep commercial buildings, including apartment communities, free of these organisms that grow in humid weather. This process can be used anytime, especially after heavy rains, to prevent the growth of mold and other pathogens.

Pressure Washing by Mike Schwab is the premier source for soft washing, non-pressure roof cleaning and full-service pressure washing in Melbourne FL and all of Brevard County. There is no job too big that we can’t handle or too small that we won’t do. Contact us today for an estimate.