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Forget About Pressure Washing
Your property is not just dirty. Your property is actually suffering from an infection. Basic soiling and dust have created a nutrient base for bacteria, mold, mildew, algae, fungi, and other microorganisms to move in and on the surfaces around your home. Traditional pressure washing, or what they have rebranded as power washing, just blasts away the top layer of this infestation never really solving the issue of infection and never really offering a long lasting option or solution.
More Than Cleaning
Softwashing is more than roof cleaning. The products developed for SoftWash systems not only clean stains but also sanitize, penetrate, and eliminate the root of the issue! The main culprit of most roof staining that causes prevalent black streaks is a bacteria called Gloeocapsa Magma. Many of the organisms that grow on a roof, including mildew, algae, bacteria, moss, lichen, and fungi, copulate in the warm, moist environment created by a roof. Plus, many of roofing surfaces are made with materials that can be metabolized by these microorganisms, such as shingles that now contain limestone as a filler that algae, mildew, and bacteria will absorb their nutrients.
The True Culprit
The streaks that are staining the roof are actually a bacteria called Gleocapsa Magma. This is the main culprit for most of the roof staining throughout the US. There are a few more culprits that also grow up on roofs making a mess of things. Roof top organisims like mildew and algae are unsightly but not as destructive as some of the more aggressive bacterias and fungus. Moss and Lichens also abound and are the final bad actors that show up after the party has been started by the fungal growths. These algae, molds, mildews, bacterias, lychens and mosses directly decompose and break down roofing materials.
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Here are four areas of shingle deterioration caused by algae and fungus:
- Shingles break down from decomposition caused by algae and fungal filament root systems. In the picture to the right, you can see how the shingles have cracks in them and are beginning to curl and swell on the roof.
- Shingles break down because algae and fungus have a hunger for limestone fillers. Limestone, which contains phosphates, is an excellent source of nutrients for algae and fungus.
- Shingles break down from the waste created by the algae and fungus metabolizing the limestone fillers. This waste is acidic and damages the shingles.
- Shingles break down because of excess heat caused from the darkening of the shingles. The darker the shingles get from algae streaking, the more heat they absorb. This excess heat dries the shingles and ages the petroleum in them.
There are many types of shingle roofs. More than types, there are styles and colors.
From the most basic shingle pattern to the highest end products, all are made of similar materials.
There are three tab shingles as well as architectural shingles.
There are 20, 30 and 50 year ratings. Colors designed to reflect light and heat and colors that blend into the buildings overall color scheme.
No matter what type rating and color roof is on a building, roofs are expensive and require maintenance like any other building surface.
The four basic reasons for cleaning a roof: Aestethics, Roof Life, Energy Savings and Health
Before & After
Examples Using Softwash
Brick Softwash Before
Brick Wash After
Before and After Comparison
Before and After Comparison
Metal Roof Before
Metal Roof After
Wood Deck Before
Wood Deck After
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2731 152nd Ave NE
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