Why its Important?
Your home and business are probably your largest investment and you know it is well worth the time and effort to take care of it. Power washing, gutter cleaning, and maintenance can increase your homes curb appeal which reflects on your image. Cleaning the exterior of your home and property can also increase its value, but it can be a daunting task. Finding a professional contractor that offers power washing services, gutter cleaning and all exterior maintenance can be well worth the effort and cost. In short, pressure washing services enhance life of the property and make it look better for years to come. Moreover, this also saves one from spending huge money on costly repairs.
- Pressure washing is regarded as one of the most affordable ways of increasing home’s value.
- If the homes are not cleaned properly on a routine basis, dirt, mold, mildew, dust, oil etc start making their place at homes which are responsible for causing a number of health troubles.
- Exterior washing of the home by using pressure washers thoroughly cleans concrete driveway, porch or sidewalk, home sliding, fence, decks, roof and many other outdoor areas. It takes away pollutants which can otherwise destroy and cause early aging of the home building materials.
A reputable contractor will have the proper knowledge, equipment, and cleaners necessary to do the job properly and in a timely fashion. The end result for you is a well maintained home, free of dirt, mold, and mildew which will cause rot and decay. Having these services done eliminates the risk of future repairs, renovations, and replacements of the building materials that make up your home.
How we can Help?
When you’ve been pressure washing homes for the number of years like we have, we’ve managed to solve a number of problems for our customers. Over the years, customers frequently ask us about the benefits of home pressure cleaning. There are three pressure washing benefits we point out: preventation, home value, and safety/health.
We Powerwash - House, Roof, Walkways, Brickwork, Patios, Pool Area, Oudoor Furniture ...simply any outdoor surface.
Extends the Life of Roof
Extends the Life of Roof Shingles. Replacing the roof on any home is a very costly thing, and a build-up of mold is a common cause for shingles that need to be replaced a lot more often than they should. Fortunately, pressure washing-even on roofs-can get rid of the mold and greatly extend the life of the shingles, saving homeowners thousands of dollars in potential repairs.
Preventative maintenance can save you money on future costly repairs
This the primary reason you should get your home pressure washed. Unfortunately, it’s not the number one reason people call us. Preventative maintenance is not always on the top of people’s minds.
Pressure washing should be a regularly scheduled home maintenance event just like a once a year termite pesticide application. Exterior washing of your home can extend the life of your vinyl siding, concrete driveway, porch or sidewalk and wooden areas like your deck and vinyl fence. When done at least once a year, pressure cleaning can eliminate contaminates that contribute to rot, decay and premature aging of your home’s coating and building materials. Quite simply, pressure washing services can add years of life to your property and save you money on costly repairs.
Curb appeal can add value to your home
This is the primary reason people call us for pressure cleaning. Obviously, unsightly stains and mildew on a home can be a depressing sight. You’ve made a major commitment in the purchase of your home and you want it to look good. Pressure washing can breathe new life to your home. Many of our customers were originally looking to repaint or replace unsightly areas, which would have incurred major costs. Once we power cleaned their homes, they were amazed on how new everything looked, and the money they had saved.
For those looking to sell their home consider the value of curb appeal.
According to John Aust, president of the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers, “a good first appearance on a home can add as much as 5 to 10 percent to the value of the home.” Pressure washing is considered to be one of the most affordable ways to increase your homes value.
Safety and health of those who live in or visit your home
You’re surrounded by contaminates that pose risks to your health. Dirt, mold, mildew and oil are the primary culprits that can create safety and health issues around your home. Pressure washing can help protect your family from intrusion of mold and outside allergens. Additionally, power cleaning the walkway and driveway can help protect your family and visitors from accidents like slipping on oil or mildew. In tree covered areas like those found in Suffolk County N.Y mildew and algae can grow on the damp and shadowed sidewalks surrounding your home.
One of the reasons we like to visit homes before giving a free estimate on our washing service is that we can help you fully understand the benefits you’ll receive, including the money you’ll save in the long run.
Non-Pressure Roof Cleaning...
Did You Know....
Shingle roofs over time develop black stains over the entire life of the shingle. This is caused by algae. The algae is actually a living organism that is feeding off of the asphalt in the shingle. Left unattended, this creates shortened shingle life, increases electric bills because of the insulating factor of the algae and is just not attractive from the street. Our process involves a high volume and very low pressure to apply professional quality chemicals and thorough rinse. No Pressure Washing Equipment is used in the process!!
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Weknow why your roof is discolored and needs cleaning, and so do we! The black discoloration on your roof isn't actually dirt at all. Your roof is discolored and streaked because Algae is growing on it. This plant thrives in the humid climate here in Kentucky. It feeds on the limestone filler now being used in your shingles. In years past, this plant simply didn't have a food source. Therefore, roof cleaning was seldom necessary. This all changed with the introduction of fiberglass roofing shingles during the past 20 years. The fiberglass roofing shingles made today contain massive amounts of alkaline food that this algae just loves to eat! That food of course, is the limestone currently being used by shingle roofing manufacturers.
How in the world does limestone get into fiberglass roofing shingles you might ask?
It's very simple. The limestone is added to the asphalt mixture as a filler or thickener.
Years ago, this was not necessary, as an organic felt mat was used as the base for the shingles. This mat was saturated with asphalt and then coated with ceramic granules. Because of the absorptive qualities of the mat, it was able to soak up enough asphalt to give the finished roofing shingle sufficient weight. The materials used for the mat were derived from the cotton rag scrap market.
Well, about 20 years ago this rag market dried up because of the widespread introduction of cheaper synthetic textiles from China and India, such as nylon and polyester. The roofing manufacturers scrambled, and decided to use fiberglass as a mat. However, a problem quickly arose. The thin fiberglass mat didn't absorb asphalt like the old organic mat did. Something had to be added to the asphalt to increase the weight of the shingle. So, the manufacturers decided to use limestone, which is plentiful and cheap.
Because the Algae growing on your roof is now being "fed" by this filler, the newer, "limestone enhanced" shingles, get "dirty" even faster! It is not the fault of improper installation, or incorrect shingle selection by your roofing contractor. Sort of like a lawn being fertilized, this Algae is feeding on your roof!
Owens Corning, the worlds largest shingle manufacturer, and manyroofing contractors, feel that this Algae can cause premature granule loss, and shorten roof life. As your lighter colored roof is turned black by the accelerated growth of the Algae, it becomes less reflective, and it retains more heat. This makes your air conditioner work harder to overcome the increased heat load, costing you money, and increased discomfort.
This Algae spreads itself by unseen, microscopic airborne spores, just like a dandelion weed. Your roof algae infestation can easily spread to your neighbors home. As you can see, a dirty roof is not just an eyesore.
Your reasons for cleaning your roof are your own. Whether you are selling your house, getting ready to paint, had roof shingles or tiles replaced, got a nasty letter from the Homeowners Association or your Property Manager, or just take pride in your home, please remember one thing.....All roof cleaning companies are not the same! Manyroofing contractors can tell you of roofs they have prematurely replaced due to improper cleaning methods.
Because many "competitors" lack our roof cleaning knowledge, training and experience, they sometimes apply a dangerously strong chemical solution.
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Algae Discoloration of Roofs
For many years, roof discoloration caused by algae has been observed throughout the United States and Canada. This is commonly referred to as “fungus growth.” The discoloration usually has a brown to black appearance, and may be mistaken for soot, dirt, moss, or tree droppings.
The primary species of algae being observed is Gloeocapsa Magma. This type of algae is contained in and transported through the air, and tends to collect and grow upon roofing structures. Natural pigments produced by this algae may cause a white or light colored roof to gradually turn dark brown or black. The algae discolorations should not be confused with moss or tree droppings, which typically produce only localized discolorations. This type of roof discoloration has been most widespread in the Gulf States and along the Northwest and Eastern Seaboards. It is not, however, confined to only these regions. Algae growth occurs to varying degrees in all regions of the country, especially those subjected to warm, humid conditions. It should be noted that almost all types of roofing systems are susceptible to algae discoloration. It is, of course, most readily visible upon white or pastel roofs, while it is not so visible upon darker shades of roofing.
Algae discolorations are difficult to remove from roofing surfaces, but may be lightened by applying a solution of chlorine bleach, trisodium phosphate, and water. Solutions for these ingredients may vary between shingle manufacturers and depend on the amount of discoloration. Solutions range from one cup TSP, one gallon bleach and five gallons of water, to one cup TSP and 2.5 gallons each of bleach and water. First, gently disperse this solution on the roofing surface. Use normal precautions for handling bleach. Be sure to apply it carefully to avoid damage to other parts of the building and its surrounding landscape. Avoid scrubbing the surface, as this friction may loosen and remove granules. If possible, always work from a ladder and/or walkboards to avoid direct contact with the roof surface. Observe all possible safety precautions when working on or near the roof. Finally, rinse the solution from the roof by gently spraying the surface with water. Be warned that this solution application and rinse process will make the roof surface slippery and potentially hazardous to walk on during treatment. The effectiveness of such cleaning techniques are only temporary, and discoloration will likely recur. However, several types of algae resistant roofing products have been developed, and are now commercially available. These asphalt
roofing products are specifically designed to inhibit algae growth for extended periods of time.
High pressure washing systems for algae removal should not be used.
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