Pressure Washing Roofs and Solar Panels to Remove Soot and Creosote
Did you know New Jersey ranks number one for installed solar capacity per square mile? The state also leads in planned community solar projects serving low-to-moderate income households.
Maybe you’ve noticed more solar panel installations in your neighborhood. Perhaps you get a portion of your electricity from solar power.
If so, you’ve likely installed your panels on the roof. How will you clean the roof and the solar panels?
We’ve put together the quick pressure washing guide to help homeowners determine whether they should consider pressure washing roofs with solar panels installed. You’ll want to read it before starting your next roof maintenance project.
What Is Pressure Washing?
Most people have at least seen a pressure cleaner—the machine used to clean large surfaces on both residential homes and commercial buildings. Even if you’ve never used one personally, you’ve seen the results of using a pressure washer on a deck or driveway.
It’s a powerful machine that harnesses the power of water sprayed at between 500-3100+ PSI. A pressure washer can remove every trace of grime, salt, mold, and other ugly stains. Contractors can pressure wash a wide range of surfaces, including the roof on your home.
You may also have heard of soft washing. Soft washing uses the same machine, but the water sprays at a lower pressure—500 PSI or less.
Pressure Washing Tips for Roofs
Your home’s roof bears many burdens when it comes to weather. Every season brings the potential for dirt and debris to accumulate on the top. That means you’ll need to take care of seasonal cleaning yourself or hire a professional pressure washing contractor.
You’ve probably heard opinions about whether you can or cannot use a pressure washer to clean your roof.
It’s more about whether you want to risk damaging your roof by using the wrong pressure washing techniques. More than one homeowner has caused damage to roof shingles when they set the water pressure on the machine way too high.
And then, there’s the issue of safety. If you’re not steady on a ladder, your project could end in disaster if you fall.
The best tip is to let a professional pressure washing company take on cleaning your roof.
Can You Pressure Wash Solar Panels?
If you’ve installed solar panels on your roof, you may be even more concerned about pressure washing. Yes, we agree, It’s a valid concern.
As you can imagine, solar panels get dusty and dirty. If they’re not kept clean, they won’t work efficiently. However, living in New Jersey with high humidity, you need to be concerned. In a state with seasonal weather changes and where warm weather and humidity are high, mold, mildew, and algae can grow quickly.
While it sounds like it might be a great idea to take care of two projects at once, you should not pressure wash your solar panels.
You need to talk to the company that takes care of pressure washing your roof and make sure they are knowledgeable and experienced in cleaning solar panels.
We Take Care of Pressure Washing Roofs
Whether you have solar panels installed or not, when you’re ready to have your roof cleaned, our power washing team at A Brilliant Solution has the expertise to handle the complete roof and solar panel cleaning project.
With over 15 years in the business of pressure washing residential and commercial property roofs, siding, decks, concrete, walkways, driveways and more, our team knows how to handle even the most delicate jobs.
Reach out to A Brilliant Solution Power Washing today for a consultation and a free estimate.