Soft Washing vs Pressure Washing: Which is Better for Your Roof?

Did you know that when you see black discoloration on your roof it's a sign that mold, algae, and bacteria are living on it? Their presence doesn't just make your home look dingy, they’re harmful to your family and pet’s health.

Unchecked Algae and bacteria causes the shingles on your roof to rot until they've completely deteriorated while mold is a toxin that often causes respiratory problems.

You can eliminate all of these negative possibilities by having your roof professionally cleaned. In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know about having your roof cleaned and the critical differences between soft washing and pressure washing.

We'll even tell you which one works best, so follow along!

The Differences Between a Soft Wash and Pressure Washing

Both soft washing and pressure washing are effective ways to clean specific areas around the exterior of your home. But which one does a better job at removing dirt and stains without causing other damage?

Here are the differences between your two choices:

What is Soft Washing?

With soft washing, soap cleaning solutions are used in place of pressure to remove dirt, algae, bacteria, mold, and pollen from a surface. If the idea of soap solutions make you feel uncomfortable, it should also be noted that the ones used for this cause are safe for both your home and the environment.

When used properly, these soap solutions won’t harm your paint or pets, nor the plants surrounding your home.

The cleaning technicians at Britesite use a mixture of bleach (sodium hypochlorite) and soaps. The contents of the cleaning solution can change based upon the area  being cleaned.

To complete the soft cleaning process, the cleaning solution is evenly sprayed onto the surface using garden hose water strength then allowed to sit for about 20 minutes, before being rinsed using garden hose water strength again.

The majority of building and home exteriors should be cleaned using a soft wash.

What is Pressure Washing?

Just as the name implies, pressure washing cleans a surface by using water that's set at a high amount of pressure. If you are using a professionally sized pressure washer, your machine will run on 11.5 to 14 horsepower and disperse 4.5 to 10 gallons of water each minute.

Pressure wash machines use high-pressure hoses, lances, and nozzles, that make it possible to use varying spray patterns. The settings for these tools are based on the distance between you and the surface you're cleaning.

For instance, if you're close to the surface, you should use a higher nozzle degree. 
Additionally, you have to be careful when using a pressure washer. It is a general rule of thumb that this technique only be used to clean extremely hard surfaces like brick or concrete.

Otherwise, a pressure washer can cause more harm than good. Pressure washing can ruin the landscaping around your home, cause paint to chip or peel, damage window seals and stucco exteriors.

 

When Would You Use Soft Washing?

There are many more situations where you can soft wash than  pressure wash. For starters, you can use this technique on all of the same surfaces as pressure washing.

You can also soft wash your wood, vinyl, brick and stucco siding, doors, and windows with screens, cedar shake, metal, tile and asphalt shingle roofing to name a few.

 

When Would You Use Pressure Washing?

Pressure washing really has no place on your home's roof or any other parts of its exterior. This form of cleaning can result in broken shingles, window screens, loosened siding, peeled paint, and damaged stucco.

So, when exactly would pressure washing be a good idea? You can use it to clean sidewalks and driveways since they are made from concrete. And while it isn't recommended for use on wooden decks, it is fine on most paved patios.

Will You Get Better Results if You Combine a Soft Wash with Pressure Washing?

To some, it makes sense to start a job with a soft wash and end it with a pressure wash, although it isn’t. In most cases, people choose one or the other depending on their experience and the type of surface they are cleaning.

They are used by most cleaning professionals for vastly different purposes. Generally speaking, it is much safer to use a soft wash on residential and commercial projects.

 

Is a DIY Soft Wash a Good Idea?

The questions is, is it worth it?

A DIY soft wash job includes having to purchase quite a bit of expensive, professional grade equipment.  

Then, of course, you will have to find and purchase the right amount and types of solutions to get the job done. Once you have all of your materials ready, you will have to learn how to use them which simply isn't an easy feat.

And if your roof is the area of your home you are focused on cleaning, this project can become dangerous pretty quickly. In fact, in 2014, 6,057 people visited the emergency room after injuries from this type of DIY project. 

Keep yourself from falling from your roof or ladder, or damaging your exterior with incorrect solutions or the wrong pressure setting. Call a professional.

Contact Us for Your Soft Wash Today!

A soft wash can leave your home looking like new, protect your family from harmful types of mold and bacteria, and increase your overall property value. So, what are you waiting for?

Visit our website for a free online quote and call us to schedule your appointment!

Brian Jordan