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How to Know When it’s Time to Clean Your Roof

How to Know When it’s Time to Clean Your Roof

Whether you own a home or run a business in the Naples, Florida area, you know that building maintenance is an ongoing concern. From gutter cleaning to minor repairs, and from seasonal cleaning to touch up painting, there’s always a task that needs minding. While many tasks should be done on a regular basis, some tend to be out of mind as long as any potential problems remain out of sight.

Roof cleaning is one such task that tends to be ignored unless the roof is displaying obvious signs of dirt, grime, algae, mold, and mildew. Such evidence is a clear sign that it’s time to clean your roof. Those who ignore such evidence by failing to address it, compromise the longevity of their roofs. Mold, mildew, and algae feed on roofing materials, develop damaging root systems, and produce acidic waste that slowly breaks down roofing materials. Wind-blown sand, grit, and debris can also build up under shingles, roofing tiles, and other roof elements, which further encourages the growth of harmful organisms. 

What if There Are No Obvious Signs?

Unfortunately, mold, mildew, and algae initially start growing on a roof sight unseen. And in our humid climate, this can happen quickly. By the time it is visibly apparent it has already started to degrade the roofing materials. Thus, the best means of determining whether it’s time to clean your roof is with regular roof inspections. At a bare minimum you should have your roof inspected at least every three years—annually, if mold and mildew growth have been historically problematic.    

What is the Best Roof Cleaning Method for Fungal Growth?

While many people believe that power washing provides the best roof cleaning option, roof soft washing has emerged as the most effective method in Southwest Florida and beyond. Not to say that pressure cleaning is not an effective roof cleaning method, but it wasn’t specifically designed for the job. Its high pressure flows can damage roofing materials if not properly regulated. This is especially true with asphalt shingles in particular and older roofing materials in general. 

Soft washing was developed specifically for roof cleaning. It relies on powerful, eco-friendly chemicals that kill mold, mildew, algae, and other roof-degrading contamination. It includes a strong cleaning solution that dislodges dirt and grime, making your roof look like new. The soft wash process also leaves a growth-inhibiting residue on the roofing materials that helps prevent future fungal growth.

Some roofing materials 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 to impede future fungal growth. Newer cedar shake shingles can also handle pressure cleaning with the lower pressure settings. However, this should be followed by fungal inhibiting soft washing and an application of oil conditioning.   

Consult with a Professional Naples, FL Roof Cleaner

With more than 25 years of professional home and business maintenance experience in the Naples, Florida area, FCI painting has a solid understanding of roofing construction and dynamics. This allows us to tailor the perfect roof cleaning plan for any home or business. To consult with us about your roof cleaning needs in the southwest Florida area, contact FCI Painting online, or by giving 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.

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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

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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.

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Great Company, Great Results

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


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