The Wilton, NY Area’s First Soft Roof Washing Company!
Why Have Your Roof Professionally Cleaned?
- Shingle Longevity
- Energy Costs
- Curb Appeal
- Property Value
What Is That Black Stuff Growing On Your Roof?
The unsightly black stains on your roof that are getting larger with time are the result of a photoautotrophic cyanobacteria called Gloeocapsa Magma. Since it is a blue-green algae, most folks refer to it simply as algae. If left untreated, it will eventually take over your roof. As it spreads, it consumes the limestone filler which is left in your shingles during the manufacturing process. It is also self-perpetuating, so if you choose to do nothing about it, it will destroy your shingles prematurely.
We have cleaned over 150 roofs in Wilton, NY alone!
Is Algae Harmful to Your Family or Your Home?
Unfortunately algae can be harmful to your family and your home. As we touched on above, algae will cause physical damage to your shingles and it can be harmful to your health as well.
Will A Professional Roof Cleaning Harm Your Family or Wilton, NY Home?
Absolutely not! The fact that chemicals are used is a bit scary for some folks, but chemicals are all around us. Additionally, chemicals pose no threat when used in a responsible and professional manner. There are chemicals in everyday items such as lipstick and swimming pool water. The chemical that Total Sevicve Pro uses in the largest quantity is actually one of the chemicals used to treat municipal water supplies. It has come to our attention that some misinformation is being circulated that roof cleaning chemicals are actually bad for your shingles when, in fact, the chemicals that Roof Stain Removers use to clean your roof are recommended by GAF (America’s largest asphalt shingle manufacturer), the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, and the Roof Cleaning Institute of America.
How Much Does A Professional Roof Cleaning Cost?
A professional roof cleaning costs a fraction of the cost of replacing your shingles. Eliminating the algae infestation on your roof could be as little as $395. When you call Total Service Pro for a free consultation, we will give you a free no obligation quote, not just an estimate. Having a new roof installed will cost $4,000 and up and will also have an effect on the local landfill as well. As you can see, a professional roof cleaning can easily save $3,600 or more, depending upon the size of your house. Also, it has been estimated that as many as 50% of replacement roofs are installed simply due to appearance. Don’t make the costly mistake of replacing your roof when all it needs is a professional roof cleaning. If your roof is less than 25 years old, it probably just needs a professional roof cleaner, not a roofer.
Feel free to call us at 518-877-WASH (9274) for a free quote and we will gladly send out one of our specialists to your Wilton, NY home.
Can I Do It Myself?
Yes, you can. Unfortunately, there are no ready made products that we are aware of that do a good job of cleaning your roof. Also, you will run the risk of falling off your roof. Roof cleaning used to be accomplished by climbing up on the roof with a pump-up sprayer full of roof cleaning mix, spraying until the sprayer was empty, climbing down, mixing another batch in the sprayer, and repeating this process until the entire roof was treated. The advent of the backpack sprayer sped this process up, but created an awful mess when it failed. Roof Stain Removers and other professional roof cleaners have invested in cutting edge equipment which allows us to keep our prices down through efficiency. It’s up to you, but we think you could find a much better way to spend your day than climbing up and down a ladder and risking a fall from your roof.
Are You Insured?
Yes, we are insured. Currently the state of New York does not require professional roof cleaners to be licensed, but Total Service Pro has a business license and we are insured up to $2,000,000. We also carry Worker’s Compensation Insurance. We are a professional company and we obey all Federal, State, and local laws.
How Long Does It Take?
The roof cleaning process itself only takes a few hours. The results are even more rapid. We can have your house looking like the “after” in our before and after pictures before we leave.
What Is The Process?
Our part is simple. We set up a ladder and use it to get up to the height of your roof. We then use the power of our electric pump to spray our detergent solution on your shingles. It is our proprietary solution that kills the algae on your shingles. Before, during, and after this process we water the trees, plants, flowers, and bushes around your house. That’s it. Your part is just as simple. Although you do not need to be present, you do have a few responsibilities. We are counting on you to to make sure that all your windows are closed. We are also counting on you to make sure that your vehicles are either in the garage or out away from the house. Additionally, we need you to make sure that your outside water spigots are accessible and in working order.
Do You Use High Pressure?
Absolutely not, and you should not allow anyone else to use high pressure on your shingles. If anyone wants to use gasoline powered equipment on your roof, make them prove to you that it does not exceed 80psi. (pounds per square inch). We use a 12 volt electric pump to overcome gravity. The output from our pump is comparable to the output from your garden hose. There are two main reasons that we don’t use high pressure. First, it is simply not necessary. Secondly, the higher the pressure you use, the more granules you are removing from the shingle. The granules are there as part of the shingle’s structure and removing them is equal to shortening the lifespan of your shingles. This will inevitably lead to premature shingle replacement.