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Soft Wash versus Pressure Wash? Know the difference!

Since it is common question among customers, I’d like to take the time to explain the difference between soft washing and pressure washing. So in this article I’m gonna breakdown the major key differences in the two options. Some companies only do one or the other and some companies do both. We are the type that does both, because we know that each system has it’s advantages and disadvantages.

Soft wash is very dependent on heavy chemical use and by applying liberal amounts of cleaning agents, you can eliminate the need to put much pressure behind the water source in order to remove dirt and grime. This is great on surfaces that are easy to damage such a cedar siding, wood decks, painted surfaces, vinyl siding, windows, and other soft exterior surfaces. This is the preferred method for roof cleaning and most exterior washing surfaces for your residential home. pressure washing southwest missouri

Pressure Washing is best on surfaces that are hard and durable, such as concrete, pavers, driveways, and pools. In both types of systems you must use chemicals on most surfaces if you plan to kill whatever is growing on them and keep them clean longer. There is just no getting around the use of certain chemicals, that most would say are environmentally friendly. Many people hear the world chemicals and automatically think it will hurt the environment and that is just not true. Thanks to the modern world of chemistry we can understand exactly how these chemicals will work in our environment and then dissipate and become inactive and harmless. The most common chemical used in exterior house washing is sodium hypochlorite, which is just a fancy name for chlorine. If you didn’t know it, chlorine is used in a multitude of things to include cleaning your tap water that you drink daily. Once it’s done it’s job it breaks down to simple salts, so it really isn’t a bad choice as far as chemicals go. Other things that are added to cleaning solutions are things like surfacants and detergents. These chemicals give the solutions their suds and also allow the solution to cling to vertical surfaces so they can penetrate and clean efficiently with less pressure. The list of chemicals that can be used are too many to list in this blog, but the main type we use is chlorine. Mainly because of it’s efficiency at killing algae, bacteria, moss, lichen and it breaks down to be harmless in a short amount of time once sprayed.

 

Why hire a professional versus doing it yourself? Or getting any Joe that owns a pressure washer!

The answer is simple, we have the knowledge to properly clean your surfaces without damaging them and using proper cleaning solutions to prevent these things from coming back any time soon. Let say you have green algae all over you siding for instance. You could easily go rent a pressure washer and go out there a blast that algae right off and have the house looking new again in no time. But what you don’t know is that with pressure, your not only potentially damaging your siding, but you won’t kill the bacteria/algae growing there. All you are doing is displacing it with a pressure washer and it will come right back in no time.

We have the knowledge to know what chemicals need to be used on what surfaces and how to use them without causing damage to your plants or exterior surfaces. By the time you buy everything you need and try to do it yourself, you’ll end up spending almost as much money as paying a professional to do it right the first time. You can’t just power wash something and expect it to have lasting results, you really need to have the technical knowledge to know the proper solutions and how to use equipment properly for the right results. Also most people can’t afford to have hot water pressure systems because of their expensive nature and large size. Our trailer is equipped with not only a soft wash system but also a large industrial grade hot water pressure system. You simply can’t get the same results from cold water systems, which is what most consumer grade pressure washers offer! And you’d be surprised at how cheaply we can knock out your project so that you don’t have to worry about it. We are very price competitive and can work with almost anyone’s budget.

If you’d like to know more about the differences and what would be best for your home, be sure to contact us and arrange an appointment to see what we can do to restore the look of your home!

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What to know about Cedar Shake Roof Cleaning?

 

Springfield MO roof cleaning demand is on the rise and one type of shingle that is more plagued by algae than even asphalt is wood shakes. These types of roofs are some of the MOST expensive to install and also require a fair amount of maintenance every 5-10 years. Cedar shakes are absolutely gorgeous and have some of the longest life spans of any shingle on the market. The only downside to these shingles is that they can grow moss, lichen, and algae easier than almost any other type of roof system. Moisture is the killer of these roofs and you have to make sure that excess moisture is staying on your shingles, otherwise algae grows. Bug infestation is another issue when you have plant life growing on your roof, because once the plant life sets in the bugs will follow. And your $50,000 or more roof system can lose 10-20 years off it’s lifespan in a matter of years.

One of the things I love about cedar shake roof cleaning more than anything, is just how beautiful they look after a fresh cleaning. There is nothing more gorgeous than wood and the beautiful colors that come out in the shakes. A good cleaning will restore the color of your roof back to looking as good or better than new.

cedar shake roof cleaningWhy is Cedar Roof Cleaning more expensive?

There are a lot of reasons it’s more expensive to clean cedar shake roofs, but one of them is that most of the work needs to be done from the ladder if at all possible. Wood shakes are more brittle than asphalt and it’s always best if you can keep from walking on the shingles. Every roof is different, but the older it is the less you want to walk on it. We also must use different chemicals that are more expensive and difficult to work with than a normal roof cleaning job. You have to be super careful about the mixture used on the roof, otherwise you can permanently damaged your shingles roof cleaning southwest missouricoloring and more. Too high a concentration of chlorine or other chemicals can have lasting affects on a cedar roof. Don’t just have any roofing contractor clean your cedar shingles, make sure they are experienced in doing this before you ruin your roof. There is also increased liability from such an expensive roofing system, so we have to make sure everything is right.

What happens if I don’t keep my cedar roof clean?

Well in short, its gonna cost you way more money later if you don’t. The average cost of replacement for cedar roof shakes is between $600-$900 per square. And the average house with a cedar roof is usually over 3,000 sq ft., so if you take the mid range price to replace it, your looking at around a minimum of 25 grand to replace it. A simple roof cleaning will add years to the life of your roof and only costs less than 2k! A cedar shake roof can last for over 50 years if properly taken care of. Or you could replace it at 25 years if you don’t maintain it! Besides, your neighbors will be so envious after you get your cedar roof clean anyway, because it will be the best looking roof on the block!

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Sealing and staining your cedar shake roof?

A lot of customers ask about wanting to seal their roof so that these stains don’t happen again. And this isn’t a good option for a lot of reasons. One of the most important things in maintaining your cedar shingles lifespan is to insure they can breath and dry quickly. The problem with sealers is that they prevent the wood from breathing and if moisture gets trapped underneath the shingle, then it takes that much longer for the shingles to dry out with a sealer on them. Its also worth noting that even if you do seal your shingles, they will still turn back the same colors in a few years anyway. The sun will always bleach them back out to the same color within a few years regardless of what you do to them. Cedar is also designed to be rot resistant, it doesn’t need added oils in order to maintain it’s efficiency. All it needs is some occasional maintenance and that won’t ever be an issue.

If you have a cedar roof, contact us today for a free assessment and estimate on what it would cost to do your roof!

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What are those black stains on my roof?

If you’ve driven around Springfield MO, you’ve undoubtedly seen all those homes that have black stains on their roof. I’d say approximately 70% of homes in Springfield MO need roof cleaning in order to restore the look of their home. Many people think that you can’t clean your roof and need to replace it to get that new look again. That is just not true and it’s actually very quick and easy to clean a roof and restore it to brand new looking. It is quick and relatively cheap to get this service done, but it’s not something you can really do yourself at the house.

In order to clean roofs properly you need specialized chemicals and equipment to do it the right way. You can’t just go down to the local store and buy some bleach, spray it on and walk away. There is only 3 chemicals that can be used to clean roofs the right way and those chemicals include: sodium hypochlorite (chlorine), sodium hydroxide (caustic lye), and sodium percarbonate (think oxy clean).

Only one type of chemical is recommended and approved by roofing manufacturers that won’t void the warranty on your shingles. Sodium hypochlorite is the ONLY thing you should be using to properly clean the roof. Many people are offset by the idea of using this chemical to clean their home, but it truly is a very safe option. The reason that sodium hypochlorite is a safe cleaning solution is because of the chemistry behind it. It is not safe to the skin or to breath, but since it breaks down so quickly upon contact with the roof, it makes it the best option. Chlorine is rendered completely inactive with a short amount of time of being sprayed on your roof. Any increase in any heat above 60 degrees contributes greatly to the breakdown of chlorine and also when it comes in contact with organic materials. When we spray the solution on your roof, it will be totally safe by the time we rinse it off and dispose of the waste water using gutter hosing. The only thing left after the solution breaks down is salt. We guarantee that we wont hurt your plants or any portion of your house! If you are absolutely against the use of chlorine, we do have other options available that some would consider more environmentally friendly. But one thing is for sure! If you don’t want those stains to come back, YOU HAVE TO KILL THE ALGAE, MOSS, & LICHEN!

So what are those black stains?

The technical term for them is Gloeocapsa Magma, which is a type of algae that causes those black streaks. They feed off filler material and moisture in your shingles. They are spread by aerial spores or birds landing on your roof. Once they start growing, they will do nothing but spread all over the shady areas of your roof. Typically the northside and portions that are covered by trees or in heavy shade. The more moisture there is on the roof the faster they will grow. These stains are not only an eye sore, but they are destroying the lifespan of your roof. It’s even worse if you have moss or lichen, growing on the roof. The problem with moss or lichen is that it actually grows roots into your shingles and when you remove them it can take some of the granules with them, leaving splotches on your shingles. These types of growth absolutely must be removed or they will permanently damage your roof!

Things you don’t want to put on your roof?

TSP- Trisodium Phosphate is a very dangerous type of cleaning agent that is very harmful to the environment. It is a scouring agent and can cause damage to your paint, etching on your glass windows, and other damaging effects on your home. This is a very common cleaning chemical used by local contractors and has been outlawed in numerous states because of it’s effect on the environment.

Sodium Hydroxide- While this chemical is very effective at cleaning roofs, one of the best. It is also VERY caustic and if you don’t have gutters all the way around your house, it can literally eat the paint off your metal fascia and other painted metal on your home. It is also very dangerous to handle and can burn the skin badly. It is essentially a caustic lye, that isn’t harmful to the environment, but can be harmful to numerous exterior surfaces. This chemical can be used on certain homes that have guttering all the way around and no metal coverings. But chlorine is a better option.

What’s the difference between Curb Appeal Home Solutions and other local contractors?

One of the main things that separates us from the competition is that we offer a full service rinse and repair of your roof. Its not just a roof cleaning, it’s a roof makeover. Our technicians have years of working on roofs and being roof installation contractors, so we know how to clean them and fix them. We will inspect your roof for any leaks or issues with your shingles and repair them for you.

Another big thing to consider is that most local contractors don’t actually rinse the roof. Which leaves you having to wait on the rain to clean your roof which can take months. And even though your roof doesn’t look clean until the rain does its work, you still have to pay in full. The reason they do this is because you can’t power wash a roof and they don’t own the specialized equipment to give it a low pressure rinse. It takes specialized equipment that can spray water at less than a 100 psi, so that your shingles aren’t damaged, but the roof is also left looking extremely clean. Another reason is because they don’t like their employees climbing on the roof for insurance reasons. The equipment and process we use absolutely won’t hurt your roof, it will leave it looking much cleaner than the competition, and we do it cheaper! How can you beat that? Call us today to schedule an appointment!

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