First Roof Wash!


#1

Equipment used was my 4k/4gpm machine with an x-jet. No proportioner, strait 12.5% with cling on and E-lemonator.

I think it came our great! customer loved it.

I was super nervous going in. Being my first roof and all. I had done much reading on the forum and got as much info as possible before booking a roof job. Thanks to everyone for all the great info on here!

Thinking of getting a 12v pump. I can see this bucket getting old real fast!


#2

I’m not sure how that driveway pick got in there, but that was also my first driveway lol.


#3

I xjetted a few roofs, it can and does work … contrary to what people think. But the bucket does get old, once you switch to a 12v you’ll be happy.


#4

It does seem like the cheap and hard way to do it, but it does work! Think I will take the first 2 roof Jobs i Get and get a good one. Any equipment you suggest?


#5

The bandit from pressuretek is an easy all in one system. That’s what I have, found myne used though for cheap.

Or you can build your own for $800. ( a nice set up)

Go check out “Doug Rucker’s” store, and look at the 12volt system he’s selling. I’ve priced it out to about $800

Not much to them.

Don’t buy from him though lol

Where are you located?


#6

Nvm, I see texas


#7

Why not doug rucker? I actually recently found him and realized he not far from me. Is he not reputable?


#8

@Innocentbystander. Ask him lol


#9

I won’t slander the guy, personally don’t know him. I’ve just heard read enough to not want to give him my money


#10

Wow, nice! I have the same exact setup, a little sketched about doing minor roof washes but those pictures are fantastic.

Did you walk the roof or laddered your way around?


#11

Thanks! Honestly If you have experience house washing, go for it. That one i did from the ground, and used a 5ft step ladder at most. It was all 1 story, except that barn looking home, it was 2 storys, but the roof went strait up. it was basically flat. That was the hardest. cling-on helped but I had to re-apply twice, and retouch once. But the regular roof went smooth. Just soap on rinse off. although with a 4gpm youll see rinsing takes forever lol. Really need more flow.


#12

Sometimes I wonder if it’s better to just hook up a garden hose and use a simple jet nozzle straight out of the tap for rinsing. Most houses seem to run at least 5gpm.


#13

Don’t RINSE!!! Let Mother Nature do it’s work. You’ll get your time by 2/3rds and give customers better longer lasting results,


#14

Honestly I have read that, But I We’re not supposed to see rain soon and I was getting nervous about leaving the bleach there that long. It started looking weird so I started rinsing and wanted to see the real results today to make sure it was good. You dont think 2-3 weeks of no rain could harm the roof?


#15

No, after a day the bleach is evaporated and your left with salt. I mean I get if it’s not going to rain for three weeks. I always leave my roofs and if there’s no rain in the forecast I’ll go back a few weeks later and rinse. ya

It all depends on communicating it ahead of time with your customers. I explain it like fertilizing your lawn, it’s working, it takes time.

I also do NET 30 billing on all roof jobs and customers don’t pay until the roof looks good.


#16

People like to see results, I don’t think that would fly where I’m located.:grimacing:


#17

Customers aren’t as sketched out about non instant results if your not asking for money up until the end product


#18

How do you know? How many roofs have you cleaned?

Trust me, I was the same way… once you learn how to effectively communicate to the customer, they don’t have any problems.


#19

I could see that with most my customers, as I do keep good client relationships… But she was already pointing out spots WHILE I WAS WORKING lol… yeah that type… I Think doing just a light rinse after a 20-30 minute dwell would kinda re vamp the bleach if it dried in the sun, and then rinse a bit down so its not so concentrated. but I dont think I’ll spend an hour rinsing next time haha


#20

Based on window cleaning mentality, and the surface cleaning/house washes I managed to get in before weather turned last year. If the bleach/water removes the streaks without a final rinse, I suppose they’d be amenable.