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Free Roof Cleaning Report About Black Streaks Caused By Algae

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What Most Roofers Don’t Want You to Know – The Facts About Roof Algae


If you're one of many homeowners who are considering replacing your roof, or know someone who is, make sure the roof needs replaced and not just cleaned.

There are lots of homeowners who thought they needed a new roof but were surprised to hear it only needed cleaned, saving them thousands of dollars.

One of the cleaning services we provide is roof cleaning. Although we're a power washing company, we do not "pressure" clean roofs with high pressure. We use a unique low pressure application. We also provide FREE information to you, so you can make an educated decision when hiring a contractor. We have devoted our company to consumer education and service.

What Are The Black Stains On My Roof?

Ugly black stains on roofing shingles are caused by airborne algae. The algae feed on the crushed limestone that is present in asphalt shingles. Rain then spreads the algae down the roof causing black stains. These stains, or streaks, are not only unattractive, but cause the shingles to fail ahead of their nommal life span by not letting the roof to reflect heat properly.

Almost Half Of Roofs Are Replaced Because of How They Look.

Almost 50% of roofs are replaced not because of their functionality, but because of apparence. Half of roofs don't need replaced, only cleaned. Just as mold and mildew can develop on your vinyl siding, airborne algae can settle on your roof. Replacing your shingles because of these algae would be similar to replacing your siding instead of having it cleaned.

Many roofing contractors don’t know what the black stains are. Some will say it’s the asphalt showing through the shingles or perhaps its water stains. A few contractors may know it’s algae but refuse to tell you it can easily be cleaned. In each case, they tell you that the roof needs replaced. But don't believe them, because it's not true if your shingles are still in good condition. The black algae can be killed and removed correctly without harming the roof by using a low pressure chemical application that is recommended by the major shingle manufacturers.

Never use a powerr washer on an asphalt shingle roof. Using excessive force will blow granules off the shingles and shorten the life of your roof.

Roof Cleaning Is Suggested By Shingle Manufacturers.

Shingle companies like Owens Corning and GAF, and also the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) recommend using a low pressure chemical application a roof suffering from roof algae. We use the cleaners and techniques suggested by these companies for a safe roof cleaning. If your shingles appear to be in good condition but have black streaks on them, having your roof cleaned properly will allow you to get the full life expectancy out of your shingles which could save you thousands of dollars.

Signs Of Worn Shingles That Do Need Replaced.

In some instance a roof will need replaced and we do not recommend cleaning shingles that are aged and wore out. If you are not positive that your roof needs replaced, here are some signs of a worn roof.

  • brittle or broken shingles
  • excessive amount of granules in the gutters
  • corners of shingles curled up
  • wavy or warped shingles
  • thin or loose shingles

If you are still uncertain about the condition of your roof, we will be glad to look at it for you. We will not clean shingles that are in need of a replacement, so you don't have to worry about paying for a service you don't need. Cleaning old and aged shingles will not fix your problem and we understand that. In contrast, if you call a roofing contractor, you may or may not get the complete truth. You could be persuaded into replacing a roof that only needed cleaned.

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    When we got the call from Ampco to clean Oklahoma Cities World Airport, they knew they had called the right company. An airport requires a level of detail that most pressure washers just don't have. Attention to detail is why Sooner Pressure Washing was chosen to make sure visitors to our airport are greeted with a clean and safe environment.

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