Soft Washing vs. Pressure Washing

What is the difference between soft washing and pressure washing?

It’s simple to nail down the difference between the two exterior cleaning methods.

  • Pressure washing is the use of high-pressure water spray on a surface to remove mold, mildew, dirt, grime, mud and more.
  • Soft washing is a low-pressure cleaning process with the use of chemicals on a surface to remove and break down lichen, mold, algae, bacteria, moss, dirt and more.

Soft washing is an alternative cleaning process for delicate surfaces such as roofs or vinyl siding. Allbrite’s team is trained in both pressure washing and soft washing methods to deliver you professional and knowledgeable service. To learn about the benefits of an Allbrite soft wash cleaning, click here. 

How to Combat Clogged Gutters

As we transition into a new season, the leaves are starting to fall and our To-Do list has started to grow. Are your gutters ready? We now offer the best gutter guard solution in the industry!

We are now offering gutter guard installations with the most durable, professional product on the market – Raindrop Gutter Guards! 

Your gutters play a vital role in protecting your roof and in protecting your home as a whole. Proper drainage is important in maintaining your home and clogged gutters.

In an effort to have your gutters cleaned less often and decrease required maintenance, Raindrop Gutter Guards, in our opinion, is the best gutter guard system on the market! We never offered this service before because there wasn’t a product we stood behind. Now we are confident and excited to offer Raindrop Gutter Guards!

The versatility of Raindrop Gutter Guards is unmatched. It fits on most home, and most roof styles. Strong, durable & long lasting material is made from it’s own unique blend of polypropylene. This is a type of thermoplastic polymer resin that does not absorb water, does not mold or otherwise deteriorate, rubber-like composition, lightweight and very flexible.

The importance of proper drainage with your gutter system are:

  • Avoid Foundation Problems
  • Prevent flooding
  • Prevent water staining on brick and stone
  • Decreases cracks and settling of sidewalks, patios and driveways

If you would like a FREE estimate for gutter guards or have any questions, please give our family a call at 410-ALLBRITE (410.255.2748).

Benefits of Allbrite’s House Washing

When hiring a contractor it’s important to always get 3 standard estimates. Then compare each company and what they have to offer in order to make an informed decision based on your budget and needs as a consumer. 

When comparing Allbrite’s house washing service to other contractors in Maryland remember that our house wash includes the brightening of gutters and the cleaning of the downspouts, the soffits, siding, flashing, windows (rinsed), and shutters if present. 

Yes, you read that right — Gutter Brightening is included in our house wash!

 

We have a saying at Allbrite – think of your home as a face. The windows are the eyes and the gutters are the teeth. We aren’t going to wash the face of your home without brushing the teeth of it as well. 

With each house washing service, we hand scrub every gutter to remove the oxidation staining which removes the black streaky lines and faded coloring. 

There’s a difference between cleaning gutters and brightening gutters. We can clean your gutters the same way we will clean your siding (this will remove the mold, mildew and algae that’s on the face of the gutters) but that will not remove the black streaks.

Removing the black streaks is a separate process and requires more detail but it’s always included in our house washing service.

If you have any questions about our House Wash, check out our FAQ House Washing  page.

Benefits of our House Waxing

Did you know we offered extended warranties?

Allbrite offers a product called Sparkle Brite which is a wax product. We apply this product to your home after the initial house washing. Sparkle Brite is warrantied for two years against any organic growth – mold, mildew, and algae from that initial cleaning.

About Sparkle Brite – it’s a polymer wax and makes the surface hydrophobic. “hy·dro·pho·bic – tending to repel or fail to mix with water.” Similar to getting your car waxed after a car wash.

Sparkle Brite might not be for everyone. However, if you have a north facing side of your house that gets green organic growth quickly, it might be beneficial for you.

If you opt to have our Sparkle Brite applied to your home and you notice organic growth within two years since we washed your house – WE WILL COME BACK TO CLEAN YOUR HOME AT NO CHARGE!

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please give us a call at 410.781.4044.
Our family is here to help!

Benefits of our Roof Treatment

Our roof treatment ensures the black stains, moss and lichen are eradicated from your roof. We are so sure of our process we back it with 5-Year Spot Free Warranty!

Our safe and effective roof cleaning treatment is a soft wash method and has been proven to extend the longevity of your roof without any damaging pressure.

There are many benefits of our soft wash roof treatment. Not only is it manufacturer recommended, but the value it provides to your home and family is immeasurable:

    1. You extend the longevity of your roof because you are preventing future leaks, which are a costly repair.
    2. Those black streaks, green moss cakes, and white lichen dots are actually bacteria infestations. A neglected roof can lead to these infestations seeping into your attic. This degrades the air quality in your home. That’s right, you could be BREATHING in these infestations.
    3. Our simple and affordable roof treatment provides value without breaking the bank. Selling your home? Get your house ready for picture day with a brand new looking roof! Take pride in the appearance of your home? Our roof treatment is the perfect way to add curb appeal!

Slate Roof Treatment in Ruxton, Maryland:

 

Slate Roof Treatment in Owings Mills, Maryland:

Questions? Interested in a free estimate?
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us – our family is here to help!
410-781-4044

Fence Restoration Project Day 2

We’re back here at this fence we cleaned on Tuesday getting ready to stain/seal it. We are using a natural tone cwf-uv stain, you can find this at any local Home Depot.

 

We’ve done a little prep work, got some of the sanding done and laid tarps down along with tapping off other areas that need to be covered. The process of staining isn’t necessarily hard rather tedious. If you plan to stain your fence or wood surface yourself, it is much easier with two sets of hands. Order some pizza and grab a buddy to help you conquer your project.

Our process is to spray the first coat on the fence, back-brushing that coat into the wood so it’s fully saturated, then come back at a different angle and spray a second coat of sealant on. Finishing off with back-brushing that last coat of sealant into the wood. This particular fence project used 30 gallons of sealant by the time we were finished. Glad we were able to finish before July 4th for this customer!

 

What can we help you wash?

 

✅Soft Wash Roof Cleaning
✅Gutter Cleaning
✅House Washing
✅Deck Cleaning
✅Concrete Cleaning

 

Give us a call to get a jump start on your next outdoor project!
410-ALLBRITE (410.255.2748)

Soft Wash vs Pressure Wash

Here’s a project we had in Ellicott City, Maryland doing a roof to road package. Roof to road means getting the whole exterior of your property cleaned up from all the nasty green, all the algae on all surfaces. We finished soft washing the roof and soft washing the patios prior to cleaning the fence.

This particular property had a huge wooden fence that goes all the way around the property. This fence hasn’t been stained or cleaned in at least 15 years. So naturally it looked old, gray and very much fainted. We are prepping the fence to be stained once everything is dry. We call this a restoration project! We plan to put a nice semi transparent, natural tone on the fence.

We get asked all the time – are you going to soft wash or pressure wash my fence? Well, it all depends on the outcome of the project. For instance, we will be sealing this fence so we will be pressure washing it to remove all of the organic growth, oxidation and bacteria. Ensuring the surface is cleaned and free of growth is important because it ensures the stain adhering properly to the surface, which in return helps your fence last longer. If we were to soft wash this fence we would have to use more soap, which equates to more chemicals, and could really dry out this wood. We don’t usually soft wash wood in general, however, it is an application method that can be used.

The process we are taking today is a three step process. 1. Apply soap, 2. Go over with a mild pressure and rinse everything, 3. Come back and apply a brightener, that brightener is going to bring the pH level of the wood back to 7 so it’s susceptible to take stain that way we know everything is prepared properly for when we come back to do the staining. It’s also going to brighten the wood. If you see now it’s old, gray and very faded. We are going to brighten this fence up.

If you have an outdoor space that could use some cleaning, give us a call to discuss your project. Our family is here to help!
410-ALLBRITE
(410.255.2748)

Dark Streaks on Your Shingle Roof?

Whether you’re a homeowner or building owner, proper maintenance and regular inspection of your roof can greatly impact the longevity, performance, and reliability of your roofing system.

Have you recently noticed unsightly black streaks on your shingle roof? The black streaks are known as gloeocapsa magma (algae) which is transported through the air.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) lays out a guide to algae discoloration and how to address it.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about our soft wash roof treatment!