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Roof Cleaning – Don’t Waste Your Money

Here is a great video about roof cleaning, and why you need to have it done. Our own page about no pressure roof cleaning services highlights homeowners having their insurance policies cancelled because of roof algae. Most people don’t notice black streaks on their roof until they get a letter from the insurance company or home owner’s association.

Many neighborhoods require roofs to be kept clean by residents, just like insurance companies. They know that algae spores spread through the neighborhood, making homes look bad, driving down property values, and damaging property. Don’t waste your money having your roof replaced, and don’t waste your money having it cleaned improperly.

This video does mention one thing that’s incorrect, and it’s possibly just because the homeowner who says it is a little confused about the process. The homeowner in the news report mentions that the cleaners “scrub” the roof. This is incorrect and should never be done under any circumstances. Scrubbing a roof is a sure fire way to remove the granules, which are paramount to a roof’s ability to protect your home.

The reporter has it right when he says hiring a professional is the safest way to clean your roof. The reporter has done a good service to the roof cleaning industry, because he mentions that blasting your roof with a pressure washer or garden hose you can cause serious damage. There are roof cleaning companies out there that use pressure washers to clean roofs, so be very careful who you hire.

There are also companies who use unapproved methods like using caustic soda (NaOh) or sodium hydroxide to clean roofs. This can seriously damage asphalt shingles, metal roofs, remove paint from gutters, drip edge, and damage plants. Overspray from caustic soda can cause breathing problems, and serious burns to anyone it may come in contact with. See our roof cleaning page for a link to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer’s Association’s recommendation for cleaning roofs. Caustic soda is not the recommended practice for properly cleaning your roof.

If you have roof cleaning questions, click the link to the right to fill out our contact form, or simply give us a call and we’ll help you get your roof cleaned the right way.

 

 

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Why Clean Your Roof

For a company that cleans roofs left and right, it’s surprising how many consumers we run into that have never heard of having their roof cleaned. Most people know it’s a good idea to pressure clean your home on a regular basis, but the whole idea of cleaning your roof is new to many people.

It makes sense to pressure wash mold, mildew, algae, and other contaminants from your home’s exterior to keep your paint looking fresh, and prolong the life of the structure. What some people don’t realize is that the same contaminants that build up on the sides of your home, also build up on the roof. Things like mold, algae, moss, lichens, environmental contaminants, etc. are constantly landing on, and attacking your roof’s integrity.

Today’s asphalt shingles are made with limestone, which is a great food for algae. In fact, the black streaks you see on many roofs are not a sign that the roof has failed. They are an infestation of an algae called gleocapsa magma. This algae builds up in layers, and they feed directly on the limestone content in asphalt shingles. The good news is, if your roof isn’t leaking it is likely a good candidate for our no pressure roof cleaning experts to renew.

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Many times your roof won’t appear to have black streaks. Instead it will look like it has light spots below vents because the rest of it is covered with algae.

Even other roofing materials are subject to mold, mildew, algae, and all the other contaminants. Regular cleaning can keep metal roofs clean, efficient, and looking good. In fact, we can clean everything from metal to asphalt and even EPDM rubber roofs to restore their look and efficiency. Allowing things to continue growing on your roof can end up costing a ton of money, but they can be safely removed with no pressure cleaning processes like those used by Ultrasoft Pressure Washing LLC.

Our technicians can give you an on site analysis and possibly save you thousands of dollars over complete roof replacement. In fact, if you were to call a roofing company because your roof looks aged and dinghy, they will do what most roofers do, i.e. suggest replacement. Before you have your roof replaced, call us and we will inspect your roof for you. One of the major reasons for replacing a roof is granule loss. Those colorful little granules are a major part of your roof. Granules on asphalt shingles are responsible for a lot of it’s strength, reflectivity, and durability.

Our trained roof cleaning technicians can take a closer look and tell you if you have issues like severe granule loss, curled or damaged shingles, missing shingles, and other problems that will require a licensed roofer to fix. In most cases, our non pressure roof cleaning process can save you thousands of dollars over replacement. For just a few hundred dollars, you can have your roof looking great, and restore it’s integrity.

Not only does our roof cleaning Jacksonville service restore the look of your roof, but it also kills and removes the infestation of algae that is slowly eroding it. To top it off, cleaning algae from your Jacksonville, Florida roof can reduce cooling costs, since your roof won’t trap and hold as much heat. Our expert roof cleaning technicians will restore your curb appeal, save you money on cooling, and even increase the value of your home all at the same time.

 

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