Roof Pressure Washing

This article was posted on April 21, 2022

Roof Pressure Washing: Why You Should Not Consider Doing It

Why you should not consider doing roof pressure washing. Pressure washing is a technique to clean or remove dirt, mold, algae and other contaminants from surfaces using high-pressure water. It is commonly used on driveways, sidewalks, decks and patios. Roof pressure washing is often advertised as an easy way to clean your roof. However, this is not always the case. In fact, there are several reasons why you should not pressure wash your roof.

Top reasons why roof pressure washing is a big NO: 

1.It can damage your roofing material.

Pressure washing with high pressure can actually damage your roofing material, making it more susceptible to leaks and other problems. 

2.It can void your roof warranty.

Many roof warranties specifically prohibit pressure washing, as it can cause damage to the roofing material. If you have a warranty on your roof, be sure to check with the manufacturer before pressure washing it.

Roof Pressure Washing

Roof Pressure Washing

3.It can cause leaks.

If the pressure washer is not used properly, it can force water underneath the shingles and into your home. This can lead to a lot of damage and expensive repairs. If the pressure from the washer is too high, it can actually cause leaks in your roof. 

4.It can be a safety hazard.

Climbing up on your roof to pressure wash it can be very dangerous. There is a risk of falling and injuring yourself, or damaging your roof.

5.It is not always effective.

Pressure washing may not actually remove all the dirt, mold, and algae from your roof. In some cases, it can actually make the problem worse. 

6.It is expensive.

Hiring a professional to pressure wash your roof can be very costly. It is often cheaper and more effective to simply have your roof professionally cleaned.

7.It can cause environmental damage.

The high-pressure water from the pressure washer can actually strip away topsoil, harming your landscaping. It can also wash away any fertilizers or pesticides you have applied to your lawn. The pressure from the washer can also damage trees and shrubs near your home.

8.It is not always necessary.

In many cases, pressure washing your roof is simply not necessary. If your roof is not visibly dirty or stained, there is no need to pressure wash it. Pressure washing can actually cause more harm than good.

Before and After Roof Pressure Washing

Before and After Roof Pressure Washing

These are just some of the risks associated with pressure washing your roof, the best method you can use is the Soft Washing Method. Soft washing uses low pressure and specially formulated cleaners to safely and effectively clean your roof. This method is recommended by most roofing manufacturers. It is also much cheaper and less likely to cause damage to your roof. 

If you are considering pressure washing your roof, we strongly advise against it. There are much better and safer ways to clean your roof. Contact a professional roof cleaning company today to learn more about safe and effective roof cleaning methods.

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