FAQ

Pressure Washing correctly entails a careful balance of pressure, detergent and proper gallonage. While high pressure is typically limited to flat work, low pressure is utilized on the majority of services such as structures, screens and aluminum cage washes. Varying pressures and adjusting concentrations allows for any surface, other than roofs, to be safely pressure washed without concern of damage to the property.

It is important to note that it is never appropriate to pressure wash a roof. Roof washes are limited to our Soft Wash method, which employs specialized equipment specifically designed for roof cleaning.

Utilizing high pressure and water alone will not eradicate mold or mildew and furthermore could cause damage to building materials, windows, screens and vegetation. First Due specializes in a Soft Touch House Wash method which entails a detergent based, low pressure wash of the structure. This ensures any organic compounds are completely eliminated, while the structure and vegetation remain safe from high pressure. All detergents are biodegradable and safe for the environment. 

The frequency of property washing largely depends on the weather conditions and the extent of shade caused by vegetation. Mold and mildew thrive in a dark, damp environment caused by humidity and shade. As a general recommendation, it is advised to have your property washed every 9-12 months, with the exception of roofs. A roof that has been properly Soft Washed, will typically provide lasting results for a period of 3-5 years.

Are you noticing unsightly black streaks or discolored tiles on your roof? These discolorations indicate the presence of lichen or roof algae, otherwise known as Gloeocapsa magma. Apart from being visually unappealing, these algae-like bacteria trap moisture, accelerating rot and causing damage to the roof surface. If left untreated, these bacteria can feed on the limestone filler present in shingles, multiplying rapidly and potentially necessitating premature roof replacement. 

Soft washing is a specialized method specifically designed for roof washes, utilizing a detergent-based low-pressure approach. Unlike traditional pressure washing, this technique requires different equipment that focuses on a gentle pressure application and the use of an algaecide. The process involves applying carefully selected detergents and surfactants to the roof, allowing them to dwell and effectively eliminate any mold and mildew spores. After the cleaning process, the roof is thoroughly rinsed, resulting in a restored, like-new appearance, typically lasting for 3- 5 years.

Soft washing is considered safe for both tile and shingle roofs and is the only method approved by ARMA (Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association). It’s important to note that pressure washing a roof can potentially void the warranty due to granule loss or damage to the roof membrane. By opting for the approved Soft Wash method, you can ensure the longevity and warranty compliance of your roof while achieving exceptional cleaning results.