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Is Non-Pressure Roof Cleaning Really the Best Choice?

Is Non-Pressure Roof Cleaning Really the Best ChoiceSpring is in the air and this time of year and it’s time to wash away the winter grime. It’s important not to ignore your roof when cleaning your home. But how do you safely clean your roof without damaging it or negating a roof warranty? The answer is safe non-pressure roof cleaning.

 

Your roofing materials are different than other areas of your home and must be treated with care. While the best way to wash your concrete pool deck may always be pressure washing, it is not automatically the safest choice for your roof.

Pressure washing your asphalt roof will harm your shingles, its underlayment, and plywood. You’ll end up replacing your roof system sooner, rather than later. Not only is this method damaging to shingles, but it’s also an ineffective way to remove organisms that cause roof stains. High-pressure power washing leaves root systems behind, allowing the algae to return quickly.

Conversely, non-pressure roof cleaning is much safer for your roof shingles and more effective, too!

The Benefits of Non-Pressure Roof Cleaning Include:

  • State of the art cleaning products
  • Protection of the integrity of the roof shingles
  • Quick removal of living organisms growing on roof tiles
  • Protection of surrounding landscaping

Non-pressure roof cleaning involves using high-grade products that are safe for all roofing materials. Our state of the art solution will clean and restore your residential and commercial roofing surfaces. Typically a low-pressure rinsing system is used, avoiding the use of damaging high-pressure scrubbing or brushing.

Using non-pressure roof cleaning you often will see results instantly. The living organisms that cause roof stains, like algae, lichens, and moss are completely gone before our contractor leaves the property.

Technicians use safe roof cleaning products, and equipment designed precisely for safe, gentle, non-pressure roof cleaning; preserving the integrity of the shingles, without damaging any vegetation or landscaping.

To schedule your safe, non-pressure roof cleaning in Brevard County, FL contact Pressure Washing by Mike Schwab. Our licensed contractors will use state of the art equipment to make sure your home is cleaned thoroughly and safely. Contact us to schedule an appointment for your free estimate.

How Often Should I Pressure Wash My Roof?

How Often Should I Pressure Wash My Roof in Central FLIt’s easy to see when it’s time for your home’s exterior is due for its annual pressure washing, but homeowners often forget about their roof. While your roof may not need as much attention as the rest of your home, it’s important to remember rain does not wash your shingles. In fact, rain and wind lead to a build-up of debris on the roof, which leads to the growth of algae and moss.

 

Here’s How Often You Should Pressure Wash Your Roof in Melbourne, FL

On average, a pressure wash is recommended nation-wide every two or three years. Florida homes may need it more frequently, especially after a heavy storm. You also want to make sure you are always compliant with your HOA rules. If you notice dark patches on your roof, it’s a sign mold is growing.

Depending on your roofing materials you may need to take extra care when pressure washing. An asphalt composite shingle roof requires a soft pressure wash that does not harm the granules in the shingles. Tile roofs also require a soft wash.

Asphalt Roofs

Pressure washing on an asphalt composite shingle roof requires no more than about 30 psi. This is similar to a garden sprayer but you need special equipment to safely reach the entire roof. Professionals should pressure wash an asphalt roof. A professional pressure wash includes a special non-toxic cleaner that does not harm the shingles or metal fastenings.

Tile Roofs

Tile roofs are popular throughout Central Florida. It’s important to take special care not to crack tiles while pressure washing. Clay and ceramic tile roofs require the same low setting as asphalt tile materials. You can also seal clay tiles with a protective coating that discourages the growth of moss and other organisms.

 

Check out some before and after photos of our recent roof cleanings.

Rain Gutters

Rain gutters are part of the roof system and need to be washed when they are full of dirt, leaves, and other debris. A careful power washing cleans most gutters and the downspout.

This prevents the growth of mold under the roof eaves and on the walls of the building. A thorough roof pressure washing should be done by a professional company.

Pressure Washing by Mike Schwab uses a special solution to carefully wash tile, metal, and shingle roofs using the correct low pressure for each kind of surface. We serve Brevard, FL and neighboring counties with full service for washings buildings and pavements along with homes. Contact us today to schedule your pressure washing free estimate.

Benefits of Pressure Washing Your Commercial Property

Pressure Washing Your Home When to DIY and When to Call in the ProsA commercial property with a well-maintained exterior help attracts customers. Whether your property is a business building, a strip mall or an apartment community, a dirty building and parking area often turn people away. Commercial property pressure washing eliminates dirt and grime from buildings, awnings, sidewalks, and parking lots. The benefits of pressure washing your commercial property include a clean appearance as well as increased safety for your customers.

Buildings

You may think that with enough rain you can avoid pressure washing, but rain does not wash buildings. Rain can leave streaks of dirt and grime on all types of surfaces. A pressure washer has special settings for wood, stone, stucco, brick and other surfaces. It cleans off all of the streaked, caked dirt and extra layers, such as chewing gum. The pressure wash also removes algae and mold growing on the outside of buildings after heavy rains. Paint and varnish are not affected by pressure washing when you use the proper equipment. The washing will actually bring out the colors of the surface.

Wood, brick, and stone fences also benefit from a pressure wash by removing streaks and stains, along with mold and algae.

Many buildings have awnings that collect dirt in addition to rainwater and bird debris. A careful soft pressure wash removes stains from hard surface awnings.

Patios, Driveways, and Parking Lots

Many restaurants offer outside dining under a covered area. The pavement or deck must be kept as clean as the floor inside a restaurant. Pressure washing keeps patio areas clean and removes stains from spills.

A clean parking lot is very important for safety. People can slip and fall on an oily surface or stick and trip in a pavement area with spilled drinks and food. Sweet drinks and food left on the ground attracts insects and rodents. Drive through restaurants and buildings with take-out food should consistently have the parking area thoroughly cleaned with a strong pressure wash.

Commercial property pressure washing includes public sidewalks, entrances to buildings, and paved driveways along with parking lots around buildings. Driveways into commercial buildings, including apartment communities, often have oil, dirt, and debris from tires. The pavement of multi-level parking garages also needs to have dirt and oil removed for safety of both pedestrians and drivers.

Walkways and steps leading into a building need to be clean for both safety and appearances. This is often necessary after a rainstorm has left mud puddles and debris.

Contact Pressure Washing by Mike Schwab in Brevard County for a free estimate on a commercial property pressure washing to keep your building and grounds clean and safe. We understand the importance of maintaining the appearance of your commercial property, which is why we use professional grade equipment for all our jobs regardless of size. Contact us to learn more.

Instantly Improve Curb Appeal by Pressure Washing Your Pavers and Driveway

Instantly Improve Curb Appeal by Pressure Washing Your Pavers and Driveway

 

Looking to sell your home or commercial property? Curb Appeal is an important aspect of attracting potential buyers. The best way to keep your Brevard Florida outdoor space looking its best is with annual pressure washing. When you have a professional clean your pavers and driveway, you will instantly improve your curb appeal.

 

Here’s Why and How to Instantly Improve Curb Appeal

Understand the Why

Besides increasing visual appeal, pressure washing your pavers and driveway is an important part of building maintenance. Our Florida homes and commercial properties develop stains from mold, mildew, and moss growth. Additionally, debris from storms will build-up and can attract pests when not tended.

Be Thorough

Begin by removing objects sitting on top of the pavers including potted plants, furniture, and anything that covers the area you want to pressure wash. Next, you will want to remove any debris that has piled up in the cracks and corners of your yard. This includes weeds that are growing between the pavers. Make sure to clean the entire area, including harder to reach areas.

After clearing the driveway and pavers:

  •         Dampen the stone and cement
  •         Use a stiff brush to remove as much of the dirt and dust as possible
  •         Pressure wash the area

After everything dries, you will want to refill the cracks with fresh sand.

Use a Professional Service

A professional pressure wash service will take the time to survey your entire space and thoroughly clean the surfaces of all your pavers as well as your driveway. They will also evenly clean each section to remove streaks where dirt is embedded deeply.

At Brevard Pressure Washing we use environmentally safe solvents as well as state of the art professional grade pressure washing equipment to clean your home’s exterior safely. Give us a call to receive a free estimate. Located in Brevard County, Florida we service both commercial and residential properties with full-service pressure washing.

 

Protect Your Home Exterior with Annual Pressure Washing

Protect Your Home Exterior with Annual Pressure Washing

House exteriors are very important and need a professional pressure wash once a year to ensure good airflow through soffits and maintain the longevity of your paint job. It’s unavoidable that your home’s exterior will collect pollutants surrounding it, but you can reduce your maintenance costs with an annual pressure washing.

Did you know:

  •         Many homes that look like they need a fresh coat of paint don’t.
  •         Pressure washing helps keep your soffits functioning correctly.
  •         Annual pressure washing will extend the life of your home exterior paint job.

Learn more about how to protect your home exterior with annual pressure washing:

Pressure Washing Removes Build-Up

In the course of a year, your Brevard County, FL home collects a lot of mold, mildew, dust and other air and surface pollutants. As the layers stick to each other, your home exterior will take on a dull and dirty look. Some homeowners don’t realize it’s possible to pressure wash this build-up away and instead assume they need a new paint job.

Build-up will also attach to your home’s soffits. One of the most important functions of your soffits is to help your house breathe. The other is to protect your rafters from weather-related complications such as mold and mildew attaching to the wooden beams causing it to rot. A thick layer of surface pollutants on your soffits can reduce airflow and possibly damage your home.

Extend the Life of Your New or Current Exterior Paint

Not only is yearly pollutant build-up visually unappealing to your current home exterior, but if you don’t remove pollutants routinely they can embed in your paint and make it more difficult to remove the grime. Additionally, the longer pollutants stick around, the more opportunity they have to break down the paint causing it to peel. Annual pressure washing will help extend the life of your home’s paint job and increase your curb appeal.  

Pressure Wash Before You Paint

Whether it’s time to update the color or your home exterior needs a fresh coat of paint you will extend the life of your new paint job by pressure washing away grime and mold before you apply paint or stain.

New paint will have a harder time sticking to the exterior surface if you don’t complete a proper cleaning first. You will quickly know when this step is skipped because the paint will peel off in large chunks or flake up shortly after completing the project.

Call a Professional

It might be tempting to protect your home exterior by doing a DIY pressure wash. We suggest you resist and call a professional to complete your annual pressure washing. Not all pressure washing equipment is the same nor are the tools included with different machines. It can be hard to control PSI and water flow, especially when it is your first time using a machine. If the pressure is too high, it can damage the paint on your exterior causing it to chip or crack. A professional knows the correct pressure to use and also understands which tools are best for tricky angles and corners of your home.

To schedule your annual pressure washing, contact Pressure Washing by Mike. We are licensed and insured and have worked since 2008 to expertly clean the exterior of Central, FL homes and commercial buildings. We understand how important it is to protect your home exterior properly. Give us a call and let’s get your free estimate scheduled.