There are several ways in which soft washing your roof can help to prevent significant damage over the coming winter. There may still be time to do this before winter weather sets in, but why is it so important?

Soft vs. Pressure Washing

Many homeowners run the risk of damaging their roofs with a DIY pressure wash. Unfortunately, you may not even realize the damage that’s been done until you notice signs of leaks inside the home or once spring comes and the winter has worsened it. Soft washing is a technique used by professionals that thoroughly cleans the roof without damaging your roof’s asphalt, clay, ceramic, or other materials. 


While professionals are soft washing the roof, they can also thoroughly inspect it for any existing damage that should be watched over time or even signs that repairs are needed. This is essential because it allows you to catch these things quickly and avoid costlier repairs down the road when a leaky roof does more damage.

Algae Growth

The growth of mold, mildew and algae on your roof does more damage than you may realize. Not only does this affect appearance, but the bacteria can weaken the integrity of roofing tiles and shingles. This can eventually affect the structures beneath if it causes leaks. In addition, the mold and mildew can sink deeper into the home, spreading mold and causing wood rot. Regularly soft washing your roof can help keep it clean of bacteria that can cause algae, moss, lichens, and other unsightly growths. 

Applying Sealant

If you opt to apply a protective sealant to your home’s roof, you will need to soft wash it before applying to ensure it adheres properly. This thorough cleaning is a vital part of the sealant process and one that can extend the life of your roof on its own as well as with the use of sealant. 

Call Vitality Pro Wash at (612) 644-8870 to find out if there’s still time to soft wash your roof this year. We recommend soft washing your roof twice a year, in fall and spring. Let’s get you set up for regular roof maintenance!