Most experts believe you should have your roof pressure washed at least once or twice a year. While it will refresh your roof and restore it, this is not the only function it can perform.

Pressure washing, if conducted properly by highly skilled and experienced personnel, would not only rejuvenate your roof but extend its service life as well. 

It does so by eliminating many harmful elements from your roof that can damage it and shorten its lifespan. Once these items are successfully removed, you won’t have to spend a lot on expensive repairs.

Here are the five most damaging items that can successfully be removed by pressure-washing specialists.

1.     Mildew Growth

Mildew growth can mar the otherwise pristine beauty of your roof. However, it can do a lot more than that. Since it thrives in moist and shady places, it can grow roots deep inside your shingles and cause them to crack. Apart from severely weakening asphalt shingles, it can also damage any wooden beams present on your roof.

If not removed promptly, it can split your roofing materials prompting costly repairs. Mildew can also stain other roofing materials such as metal panels and ceramic tiles. Professional pressure-washing technicians will remove mildew stains and use eco-friendly detergents and herbicides to reduce the chance of another infestation.

2.     Black Algae

Black algae is a common organic parasite that can quickly infest your roof. Algae spores are windborne and hardy enough to survive for a long time. Once they alight on your roof, it’s only a matter of time before your entire roof is covered in ugly black stains. While algae by itself cannot do much harm, it does retain moisture. This means that it’s a breeding ground for fungus, moss, and other equally pernicious parasites. The longer you wait, the worse it will get. However, timely pressure washing will take care of this issue—leaving your roof looking as good as new.

3.     Lichen and Fungus

These organic parasites can do a lot of damage. They thrive in warm and moist environments and will start spreading rapidly once the winter season starts to end.

4.     Bird Droppings

Bird droppings are corrosive and acidic. A steady accumulation of bird droppings would ruin the whole look of your house and drastically decrease its curb value. Moreover, bird droppings can damage most exterior surfaces where they land. Roof tar and roofing paper are particularly susceptible to the acidity of these droppings. In time, they will eat through the tar, and your shingles will become loose and start falling apart. If you want to avoid replacing all those damaged shingles, you should get your roof regularly pressure washed.

5.     Excess Debris

Twigs, dry leaves, and other debris continue to land on the roof all year round. Such debris is an invitation for rats, lizards, and other vermin to nest on your precious roof. However, a comprehensive house-washing session will get rid of all such debris.

If you want to know more about pressure washing The Woodlands, just contact Sparkle Wash The Woodlands for an appointment.