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Cleaning Your SW Florida Roof—Soft Wash or Pressure Wash?

Many people treat roof maintenance on an out-of-sight-out-of-mind basis, and only address roof problems when they become noticeable. However, this approach may be shortsighted because the natural elements are slowly but surely taking their toll on your roof, and in ways that are not always visible. This is especially true in southwest Florida, where the climate encourages algae, mold, and mildew buildup on roofs, and where sand and grit from our beaches builds up under shingles and within other nooks and crannies on your roof.

By the time you do notice the buildup of mold, mildew, and algae on your roof, these natural organisms are already starting to degrade roofing materials. In fact, some mold, mildew, and algae feed on various roofing materials, some produce harmful root systems, and still others produce acidic waste that can erode roofing materials.

Washing your roof presents the most cost-effective means of controlling roof mold, mildew, algae, and other contaminants, and Naples, Florida-area homeowners and businesses can opt for two different roof cleaning methods: pressure cleaning or soft washing. Both methods clean roofs and clear them of harmful contaminants, but the high-pressure flows of pressure washing are not appropriate for all roof types. Read on as Naples-based FCI Painting details the differences between the two roof cleaning methods. 

Many Roofs Cannot Take the Pressure of Power Washing

Also known as “power” washing, pressure cleaning can effectively clean all roofs and clear them of mold, mildew, algae, and pretty much all contaminants. However, the high-pressure flows can prove damaging to many roofing materials, including asphalt shingles, tile shingles, and some cedar shake shingles. This is especially true with regard to older roof shingles which have likely already been compromised to some extent by the elements.

Generally speaking, roof pressure washing should be restricted to those made out of metal and concrete, which can withstand the high pressure. That said, newer cedar shake shingles can handle pressure cleaning with lower pressure settings, and whether with a pressure cleaning or soft wash, should be followed up with an application of oil conditioning.   

Soft Washing the Preferred Option for Most SW FL Roofs

Roof soft washing was specifically designed as a minimally invasive, highly effective replacement cleaning method over pressure cleaning. Soft washing relies on powerful, eco-friendly chemicals that kill mold, mildew, algae, and other roof-degrading bacterial contamination, while also serving as a cleaning solution that dislodges dirt and grime. Not only does the soft wash solution kill harmful roof contaminants, but it also leaves a growth-inhibiting residue on the shingles that will help prevent future fungal growth. 

Turn to Professionals for your Roof-Cleaning Needs

In some cases, your roof may allow for a combination of cleaning methods, with targeted pressure cleaning for some areas and a follow-up soft wash for the entire roof. A professional home and business maintenance company, such as Naples, Florida-based FCI Painting, is intimately familiar with all aspects of roofing construction and maintenance. As such, they are adept at tailoring the perfect cleaning solution for your home or business roofing.   

FCI Painting has more than 20 years of experience and a solid reputation in helping southwest Florida homeowners and businesses maintain their premises. To learn more about how FCI Painting can help you with your roof cleaning and maintenance needs, contact us online, or give us a call at (239) 435-1001.

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The entire process from start to finish was professional. They did a great job and left everything clean. Ryan wouldn’t leave until everything was perfect. The entire team was so responsive. I would recommend FCI to anyone. I would give them 6 stars if I could.

Bruce G

Reasonably Priced & Very Detailed

We have a three unit, two story condo building that needed an exterior painting job we awarded to FCI Painting. Their proposal was reasonably priced and very detailed. Richard Foden’s came to estimate the job and took the time to explain the process, answer questions and provide recommendations (that help us in our process). We received four proposals and FCI’s stood out making our decision straight forward. FCI crew was professional and the foreman ‘Eduardo’ exceptional. On a daily basis’s he communicated what to expect, what they would be achieving and the crews next steps. Crew was courteous and cleaned up the grounds every evening. We highly recommend FCI Painting company. Thanks

Leo G

Incredible Service

I honestly cannot recommend this company enough. I was attempting to find painters in Naples while I was still in Canada. Richard and his team were so helpful in the process, going above and beyond what I could have ever imagined. They were thorough, professional, and one of the best prices I found in the area. Incredible service.

Jeremy S

Definitely Use Them Again

Richard and his team were great to work with. They were polite, cleaned up and did an awesome job! I have already recommended them to people and would definitely use them again.

Helen R

Ahead of schedule

Very professional, prompt… even ahead of schedule. I will always use them from now on.

Brittany K

Can’t Recommend FCI Painting enough

I can’t recommend FCI Painting enough! Owner Richard Foden runs one of the finest painting companies I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. When my business moved into our new office, we started researching painters in Naples, FL and FCI came highly recommended. The commercial painters that Richard works with are prompt, thorough and professional. After working with them in a business setting, I’ll be certain to give Richard a call next time I’m in need of house painters as well.

Martin V

Professional & Friendly

Had my condo painted by FCI Painting and they did an outstanding job! They were professional and friendly.

Eileen F

Competitive & Fair

FCI Painting did an outstanding job for us and we are more than pleased with the results. We found the pricing to be competitive and fair. Our painter, Chris, was an expert craftsman, patched several areas of drywall that needed attention and helped us work through a problem we had with one of the colors we chose. We would definitely recommend FCI painting for anyone looking for a quality job at a fair price.

Donna C

Way Above Expectation

Big thanks to FCI, I had them paint my house inside and out and they did a fantastic job, way above my expectations, there employees were punctual and polite, and the work was completed 2 days before the scheduled completion date. Would not hesitate to recommend A++++++++++

Neil S

Highly Suggest Their Work

FCI Painting did a fantastic job on my driveway. They were swift, neat, and very sharp eye on quality. I would highly suggest there work and I would call them again.

Tom D

Pleasure to Deal With

FCI did a great job painting our home! Job was done on time & on budget, no surprises! Rich was a pleasure to deal with & was very prompt when responding to a question or request. Chris, our painter, was on-time each day, always prepared, cleaned up every afternoon, worked at a good pace & super friendly. Would definitely use them again & recommend them highly!

Christine C

Always an Outstanding Job

My family has used FCI in our homes and businesses. They have always done an outstanding job, neat and clean and Richard is wonderful accommodating owner to work with. I would highly recommend this company to anyone.

Valerie G

Great Company, Great Results

Great Company, Great Results! We use FCI whenever we can!


Easy to Deal With

Pleasant and easy to deal with. Did exactly what they said they would, when they said they would do it. Would highly recommend.

Christopher G

Beautiful Work

Beautiful work and very friendly respectful employees. Couldn’t be happier.

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