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,
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.
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.
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. We have the skills and tools to handle any unexpected developments. Contact us for more information on thoroughly cleaning your roof.