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Roof cleaning is not a pressure washing job. Everything staining the roof is alive and contagious. Black staining is algae. It is actually green when scene through a microscope. Bunched together is appears black. We treat this like an “infection”, more like “pest control”. It is suggested to always treat the entire area, especially when it comes to roof cleaning. The spores for algae and moss land everywhere on the roof indiscriminately , but appear to grow faster where there is less sunlight. Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. We do not “pressure wash” roofs. Each type of roof surface requires it’s own formula of detergent. There is a specific process.
Cedar Roof Cleaning Oakhurst NJ
There are a few roofs, more in the Asbury Park area. None the less a cedar roofs can last a long time, maybe 40-50 years. Black mold can rot the wood shake. It’s important to maintain a mold and moss free cedar roof shingle. We apply a light chlorinated formula the neutralize and rinse. It is suggested to have the shake oil sealed with the proper product. Cedar shakes requires very light oils that allow the cedar roof shingle to breathe. The are a few different schools of thought when it comes to cleaning a cedar roof shingle. The best method is to use sodium per carbonate and pressure wash with a light pressure. The problem is that you must pressure wash downward on the shingle. This means you alway need to be above the roof. This usually requires an ariel lift. Most companies do not own this expensive equipment. The rental for these machines are roughly $450/day or $1200/weekly. It can get very expensive. We believe it’s not worth the extra cost over the amount of preservation that would be created over using this method. We using the method of a light chlorinated detergent. This method allows you to simply apply the solution, them rinse with an added neutralizer. The problem with using chlorinated products is that it destroys the top layer. It creates a peach fuzz. You basically removed an equivalent of 2 years from a 50 year expected cedar roof life span. The difference in the price can be in the tens of thousands of dollars. We can explain more what is the best option for your cedar roof cleaning project.
Slate Roof Cleaning Oakhurst New Jersey
Slate roofs require a stronger solution with a slightly stronger surfactant to allow the detergent to cling to the slate shingle. This allows using less product to achieve maximum results. This is a salt based detergent that kills moss, algae and lichen on contact. Slate roofs are the most gratifying to clean. Usually slate roofs suffer from black algae staining. To bring the slate shingle back to it’s original color is a satisfying experience. We provide an easy hassle free way to provide customers with a quote for their slate roof cleaning project.
This roof had typical black staining caused by a black mold. This customer was thoroughly educated. He was quite interested in the science of the growth and the process to eliminate. This is one of many roofs that are cleaned on a daily basis. This roof was cleaned using the non-pressure technique. A special roof shingle detergent was applied that penetrates the outer UV repellent shell of this single celled bacteria called “Gleocapsa Magma”. It is a hardy bacteria that survives by feeding on the limestone in the roofing shingle. Limestone is added to provide strentgh and weight to the shingle. This roof not only looks cleaner and will last longer, but can now reflect UV rays instead of absorbing them with a darkened roof. This customer will decrease their cooling costs in the summer now that the roof is able to reflect the suns UV rays.
Soft Washing: Is it the best alternative to Pressure Washing?
In the old days the solution to every stain was to blast it with high pressure water to create a “perception” of clean. Over the years companies across the nation have networked for many years on different forums to develop best practice methods for each type of service. It has been an amazing journey for us over the years to meet contractors all over the country. Many contractors do not even do the type of work that we do. We are primarily a residential soft wash contractor and roof cleaning is our main service along with soft washing for siding, stucco and sidewalks.
There are some companies that only clean parking garages. Did you ever see an 8 story parking garage and imagine the coordination needed to achieve such a task. Some companies do exhaust hood cleaning for restaurants. The restaurants get a build up of grease and it becomes a fire hazard. There are companies that just do that type of work.
We clean roofs, sidings and all other exterior residential cleaning. 98% of the stains on roof are living organism stains. These roof stain need to be treated. There are different methods for cleaning rust or calcium staining from roofing shingles. This is rarely an issue. The primary roof stains are algae, moss and lichen. We cover Oakhurst and all of the Asbury Park area for roof moss cleaning.
This soft-wash technique can also be used for cleaning of the house, sidings, cement, gutters, vinyl fences and much more. Please call us for a free cleaning evaluation and ask about our 5 Year Spot Free Warranty for roofs.
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