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Professional roof cleaning is a regular part of roof maintenance. Basically, professional roof cleaning kills the algae, mold, and bacteria that eat through your shingles, and prevents future algae growth from recurring. Roof cleaning also consists of stain removal. In addition, cleaning the roof gets rid of those unsightly black roof stains and helps to prevent roof staining from happening in the future. Seeing a beautiful, clean house when you come home everyday just makes everything a little nicer. Additionally, it also helps increase curb appeal which is important if you’re thinking about selling your home.
Mold and Algae, especially blue-green algae need a dark and damp environment to thrive. It’s more likely to find algae or mold on shingles shaded under large trees. Shingles on the north-side of your roof where it doesn’t get as much sunlight throughout the day are also likely to get algae or mold. Roof algae appear as long black roof stains.
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Just because you can’t see the streaks, doesn’t mean the algae isn’t already there. Regular roof maintenance including roof cleaning will ensure the streaks (and the damage they cause) never have a chance to form in the first place.
An asphalt shingle is fairly fragile. Therefore, a pressure washer or even a garden hose can easily produce enough pressure to remove the sand granules from the surface of the shingle damaging it and making roof vulnerable to water damage and loss of insulation.
So, we use a low pressure roof cleaning treatment recommended by shingle manufacturing companies across the country. These systems, referred to as softwash systems will clean your roof better than a roof cleaning with a pressure washer loaded with some harsh roof cleaning chemical cleaning products that may do more harm than good in the long run.
What causes streaks on my roof?
Algae usually appears as dark streaks on your roof, leaving “clean” streaks in between. You’ll probably notice these streaks located below areas with metal flashing around your chimney, a skylight, or a vent. Put simply, these are galvanized metals containing either copper or zinc, both of which are toxic to algae. When it rains, trace amounts of these metals are washed down and deposited over your roof shingles. Thus, killing and preventing any algae growth.
Consider scheduling a roof inspection to check your shingles for algae as well as signs of water damage to preserve the integrity of your roof. Regular cleaning and inspection is a part of good roof maintenance.
We have developed a process for cleaning your roof that confirms that while we effectively clean your roof we ensure that we don’t damage your roof shingles or any landscaping around your property.
Traditional shingle roofs have an average lifespan of about 20 years when kept in good condition.
However, bad weather, pests, and algae growth can all wear down or damage your roof shingles over time. Basically, this leaves your home vulnerable to water damage and loss of insulation in your home.
First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to selling your home. A dirty, streaky roof can be a major red flag to buyers before they even step inside. Increase your curb appeal and get the best value for your home with a clean and well-maintained roof.
Black, brown, and green algae absorbs and stores heat, forcing your HVAC system to work hard to cool your house in the summer. This means higher energy bills and more strain on your heating and air system. Make it easy for your roof shingles to do their job of reflecting and releasing extra heat by keeping your roof clean
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Those black or brown streaks may look normal, but they’re actually a type of algae that clings to and feeds off of the organic material in your roof shingles.
Algae and mold starts out as airborne spores which settle on your roof. In the right conditions, like a north-facing roof which doesn’t receive enough sunlight to dry any moisture, they grow and spread over time.
If left alone, algae and mold can weaken the shingles on your roof and cause them to fall apart. That doesn’t sound good anyway, but broken shingles can lead to leaks during rain and snow and even prevent your roof from keeping your energy bills down. The longer these growths stay on your roof, the more damage they cause and the more they cost you.
Cleaning your roof makes your home healthier and more energy efficient. It also extends the lifespan of your roof shingles and enhances your curb appeal!
No. You should NEVER use a pressure washer to clean a tile or shingle roof! Pressure washing blasts away the granules that make up your roof, causing irreversible damage and shortening the lifespan of your entire roof. Plus, this method doesn’t kill the algae.
At Elite Clean we use a non-pressure roof cleaning method made up of a blend of specialized chemicals to safely kill and remove algae and mold without damaging your roof.
Because our methods will kill and remove the algae from your roof, we guarantee your roof will stay clean for a minimum of 3 years. If you see black streaks within 3 years of your roof cleaning service, give us a call and we’ll return to clean the affected area.
Before we get started cleaning your roof, we water down any plants or grass surrounding your house to dilute any cleaning chemicals which might come into contact with them to prevent damage. We continue to water the plants during the roof cleaning and again after so any chemicals that do runoff are not only distilled but on the plants for a limited amount of time.
Yes! In the event of an accident, we are fully insured with liability and worker’s compensation insurance to protect you and our employees.
We’re able to use Google Maps to provide quick and easy quotes. Simply fill out the form below, and we can quickly calculate the size of your roof and provide pricing information. Save time and get an estimate today!
In the professional roof cleaning business, as in any business, customer service is key to success. Thus, we adhere to this philosophy with fervor and zeal. We are a small, locally owned and operated company here in Winston-Salem. Our customers are our passion. Therefore, we pride ourselves on getting the job done right the first time. However, if you see something didn’t turn out the way you expected, we encourage you to contact us to make it right. Put simply, we’re not satisfied until you are.