Cedar Roof Cleaning and Preserving in Oak Brook and Hinsdale, DuPage County

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Cedar shakes and shingles have been used for centuries. Cedar wood has proven its longevity in diverse weather climates. Cedar shakes and shingles contain oils that make them naturally resistant to decay. Cedar’s elegant look, insulating property and ability to hold up to wind and impact makes cedar shakes and shingles a great choice for roofing and siding material. You will find many houses with cedar shake roofs in communities such as Oak Brook and Hinsdale in DuPage County, Illinois.

A cedar shake roof can be expected to have a life span of 40 to 60 years. A long life begins with its installation. Proper installation will help maximize the life of cedar shake roof. On the flip side, improper installation will help to shorten the life of the cedar shake roof. Ensuring the maximum lifespan of a cedar shake roof does not stop with proper installation. Ongoing care and maintenance is equally import and a must!

Here are a few cleaning and maintenance tips to help preserve your cedar shake roof:

  • Tree branches hanging over the roof should be kept trimmed away. This will prevent leaves, small branches and other debris from building up and keeping the roof wet. The overhanging branches also block the sun from keeping the cedar dry. Damp cedar promotes moss, algae and fungi infestations. Additionally overhanging branches help make easy access for animals and insects to the roof.
  • Debris in gutters and downspouts need to be cleaned out regularly, usually in the spring and fall. Downspouts should run directly to the ground or to another gutter below. They should not drain directly onto a lower roof surface. Debris in gutters will clog the downspouts preventing water from draining out. Standing water or even just damp debris promotes moss, algae and fungi infestations on the cedar shake.
  • Cedar needs to air out and breathe thus it needs to be kept clean. Don’t allow branches, leaves, or other debris to build up on the roof. Do not allow a buildup of moss, algae or lichen. Both the top surface and the spaces between the shakes need to be kept clear of debris and moss.
  • As with any time of roof, proper ventilation is critical. Roof vents, ridge vents, louvers and soffit vents need to be kept clear and not allowed to be restricted. Proper ventilation ensures that heat and moisture do not build up in the attic area. Proper ventilation also prevents water from accumulating at the bottom of the roof and then freezing. This is commonly referred to as ice damming.
  • Periodically have the cedar roof professionally cleaned. If we do not have our teeth periodically cleaned, they experience buildup and eventually decay. Cedar shake roofs are somewhat the same. If a cedar shake roof is not periodically cleaned, it will experience a buildup of infestations such as algae, moss, lichen and fungi. These organisms will case the cedar wood to decay. Not to mention they just make the cedar roof look old and ugly. A cedar roof within the Oak Brook and Hinsdale and surrounding communities should be cleaned every five to seven years.

When was the last time you had your cedar shake roof inspected and cleaned? If it’s been longer than five years, or you are not sure when it was last cleaned, contact a professional cedar roof cleaning contractor. The longer you put it off, the more decay may incur resulting in a short lifespan and ultimately more costs to you.

For more information, photos and videos go here. Contact us now for a free assessment and quote. In addition to Oak Brook and Hinsdale, DuPage County, we service the entire north and west suburbs of Chicago.

Picture Before  Cedar Roof Cleaning Preserving Oak Brook and Hinsdale DuPage County

Picture After Cedar Roof Cleaning Preserving Oak Brook and Hinsdale DuPage County

Reference  “Cedar Roof Care & Maintenance”, Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau, printed February 2011

 

Cedar Shake Roof and Siding Cleaning in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Most homeowners don’t realize it but cedar shake roofs need to be periodically cleaned. Believe it or not a well maintained cedar roof will last a minimum of 40 years. But again the key is to keep the cedar roof cleaned. It is similar to our teeth. If we don’t periodically have our teeth examined and cleaned, we get buildup on them. After a while, our teeth start to discolor and decay hence cavities. It’s the same principle with cedar shake roofs. Cedar has natural properties to protect it from rot. However if organisms are allowed to infest the cedar, those organisms start to break down the cedar causing it to rot and decay.

There are a number of homes with cedar shake roofs in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff and surrounding communities in Lake county. We see a good number of those roofs infested with fungus, algae, lichen and moss. All of those organisms promote rot. How can one identify these infestations and determine that the cedar roof needs cleaning? A healthy cedar roof should have a silver or light gray color. It may have a reddish or other color is stained. An infested roof may have a charcoal gray or black color. You will also commonly see green and yellow spots or patches.

 

Be sure to yearly examine your cedar shake roof and cedar siding for signs of infestations. If you suspect you may need a roof cleaner contractor, be sure to contact a professional roofing and siding cleaner. The longer you put it off, the more damage will incur resulting in more costs to you.

For more information, photos and videos go here. Contact us now for a free assessment and quote. In addition to Lake Forest and Lake Bluff, we service the entire north and west suburbs of Chicago.

Cedar Shake Roof Cedar Siding Before Roof Cleaning in Lake Forest Lake Bluff in Lake County

Picture of Cedar Shake Roof Cedar Siding Before Roof Cleaning in Lake Forest Lake Bluff in Lake County

Cedar Shake Roof and Cedar Siding Cleaning in Evanston Cook County

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Does your red cedar, cedar shake roof or cedar siding need to be cleaned? What color do you see – dark grey, black, brown, green, yellow? If you see any of these colors on your cedar shake roof or cedar siding, please take notice.

These colors are actually signs of infestations of mold, moss, algae, mildew, lichen, and fungus. We see this a lot in the north and west suburbs of Chicago such as in Evanston and Schaumburg in Cook County.  A professional roof cleaner will pay particular attention to any signs of infestation. These organisms spread across the cedar surface and if left untreated will cause the shingles to deteriorate.

Fungus commonly causes the wood to feel moist, soft, spongy, or stringy. It is dangerous because it simultaneously breaks down all the major wood components in your shingles.   This causes the shingle to gradually degrade to a spongy and stringy texture, causing it to weaken, shrink, break, and collapse.

Brown rot fungus, commonly known as “dry rot,” presents itself as a black or dirt brown color. It commonly causes the wood to be dry and fragile, cracking across the grain. It is dangerous because it rapidly decays the cellulose and hemicellulose in the shingles, leaving a brown residue of lignin (the substance that holds the wood cells together). Brown rot is generally more serious than white rot, as it can quickly weaken the shingle before any visible signs are detected.   If left untreated, the shingles will easily crumble into cubes, and turn into a powder when crushed.

Moss, which is appears green and spongy retains constant moisture on the cedar shake. Furthermore, it does not permit the red cedar to breathe as it should. This causes the cedar shake wood to deteriorate rapidly.

Be sure to periodically examine your cedar siding and cedar shake roof for the aforementioned colors. If you see any of them and suspect you may need a siding cleaner or roof cleaner contractor, be sure to contact a professional roofing and siding cleaner. The longer you put it off, the more damage will incur resulting in more costs to you.

For more information, photos and videos go here. Contact us now for a free assessment and quote.

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Gutter cleaning and vinyl cleaner Cicero, Cook County

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Gutter cleaning and vinyl cleaner Cicero, Cook County

Have you taken a look at your siding lately especially on the north side? You may discover that it is covered with green and black stuff. That stuff is actually algae, mildew and mold!  Those organisms are alive and it can create an unhealthy environment for your family and pets, not to mention they are destroying the appeal of your property. They release air borne spores into the air. That is how they got there to begin with. We are seeing more and more of this in Cicero and surrounding communities in Cook and other collar counties.

The good news is that these invaders can be safely removed by a process called soft washing. This process is quite different and preferred over the conventional pressure washing and power washing. Go here to read more on the differences. This non-pressure washing system uses a specially formulated cleaner that not only cleans the dirt and discoloration off the gutters and siding, but more importantly remediates the organisms causing the ugly stains. The same process is used to clean aluminum, vinyl and Dryvit siding. Furthermore, it is also used to clean the same organisms and ugly stains off of roofs, patios, driveways and sidewalks. Go here for more information on roof cleaning.

Take a look at the before and after photos of this home. If you think you are in need of a siding cleaner contact a professional siding and roof cleaning contractor here and ask for a free quote.

Before picture gutter cleaning and vinyl cleaner in Cicero Cook County After picture gutter cleaning and vinyl cleaner in Cicero Cook County

 

 

Cedar Roof and Siding Cleaning in Elgin, Kane County Illinois

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Cedar Roof and Siding Cleaning in Elgin, Kane County Illinois

The owners of this house were almost convinced that their cedar shake roof was beyond cleaning and would need to be replaced. Unfortunately most people don’t realize cedar shake roofs, as well as siding, needs to be periodically cleaned.  A properly maintained cedar roof will last at least forty years. The cedar shingles had dark gray, black and greenish colors.  The green spongy organisms that were growing on the cedar roof were moss. These are signs that the roof was overdue for a cleaning.

Cedar does not rot on its own. Rot is caused by continual moisture combined with moss, mold, mildew, lichen, or fungi. If these organisms are not removed in a timely fashion, the cedar roof will not live its expected life span resulting in a major expense for the home owners.

The good news for these home owners was that we were able to preserve the cedar roof by cleaning it. Our non-pressure cleaning process stopped the deteriorating condition by removing all the infestations.  We do not use pressure washers as they tend to damage the cedar. The cedar shakes were returned to their intended functioning condition.  This saved the owners some serious money. The cost of the treatment was less than 5% of what it would have cost to replace the roof.

For more information, photos and videos go here. Contact us now for a free assessment and quote.

Picture of before cedar roof and siding cleaning in Elgin Kane County IllinoisPicture of after cedar roof and siding cleaning in Elgin Kane County Illinois

Roof and Siding Cleaning in Joliet, Illinois Will County

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Looking at the condition of this house near the Joliet, Illinois Will County area , you know the owner takes pride in the property’s appearance. The siding is clean and attractive and the lawn is a lush green and well maintained.  There is one thing though that is out of place and you probably noticed it right away. It is the dirty roof. Even with the siding clean and nicely painted and the attractive yard, you just can’t help but be distracted by that stained roof. And you know the neighbors sure notice!

Fortunately though there is solution. Even though the roof may appear old it does not need to be replaced. All that is required is exterior cleaning -specifically roof cleaning. There is however a right way and a wrong to clean a roof. The same goes for cleaning gutters, soffits, fascia and siding. The wrong way is using a pressure washer, power washer or any type of scrubber. These devices dislodge granules from the roof shingles, leave streaks on the siding and can remove paint. Furthermore they only blast away dirt and build-up but don’t necessarily eradicate the algae, mildew and mold growing on the house exterior causing the black and green stains. If any of these organisms are left on the house surface, they will just quickly repopulate and your white siding will be green again in no time.

The correct way to clean roofs, gutters, soffits, fascia and siding is soft washing. This process  entails a roof and house cleaning contractor spraying a cleaner on the house roof and exterior with a pressure no greater than a typical garden house. The algae, mildew and mold growing on the house roof and exterior is instantly eradicated and the black and green stains instantly removed. Best of all this process is much more cheaper than the outdated pressure and power washing.

Fortunately the owner of this house near the Will County Joliet area had their roof soft washed by a trained certified roof and exterior cleaning contractor. The beautiful curb appeal of the house is now restored. For more information go here.

Before picture of roof and siding cleaning Will County JolietAfter picture of roof and siding cleaning Will County Joliet

Clean that Roof Before Selling – Palos Park Cook County, Illinois

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

The owner of this house is getting it ready to put it on the market. Realizing that curb appeal is of the utmost importance, the wise homeowner had his roof cleaned by a professional roof cleaner. If perspective buyers were to see the dirty roof as shown in the before image, most of them would not even bother scheduling a showing. And for those that may be interested, they would likely submit a low ball offer due to the bad condition of the roof.

Fortunately for this home owner, that scenario will not happen. With the roof cleaned as shown in the after image, the house has great curb appeal and the owner can expect near or at asking price. If your roof is dirty, has stains or green moss growing on it, be sure to have it treated whether or not you are selling. For such a small inexpensive investment, it’s a no-brainer decision.

 

Before non pressure wash roof cleaner by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company in Palos Park, Illinois Cook County

Before non pressure wash roof cleaner by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company in Palos Park, Illinois Cook County

After non pressure wash roof cleaner by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company in Palos Park, Illinois Cook County

After non pressure wash roof cleaner by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company in Palos Park, Illinois Cook County

Cleaning Roofs in Batavia, Illinois Kane County

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Have you noticed lately all the dirty looking roofs like the one shown below? It’s not because the roofs are old but it’s due to an air borne algae – It’s not old, it’s mold. These roofs don’t need to be replaced but simply cleaned. Take a moment to inspect your roof. If in question, call a certified roof cleaner that offers free inspections. If properly cleaned by a certified roof cleaning contractor, the roof will be restored to its intended condition as shown below and at a surprisingly inexpensive price. So before you call a roofing contractor, save your hard earned money and call a roof cleaner with a proven track record.

Before roof cleaner by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company Batavia, Illinois Kane County

Before roof cleaner by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company Batavia, Illinois Kane County

After roof cleaner by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company Batavia, Illinois Kane County

After roof cleaner by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company Batavia, Illinois Kane County

How to Select a Qualified Roof Cleaner

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Is your roof dirty with black streaks and stains? Are you looking for a roof cleaner? If so, do you know how to select a qualified roof cleaner? Don’t trust just anyone to clean your roof. Your house is likely the most important investment you have made. If your roof is improperly cleaned, the shingles could be damaged, dramatically shortening their expected life span. This will end up costing you thousands of dollars to have the damaged roof prematurely replaced.

If using a roof cleaner that is not properly trained in safety and is not properly insured, you are gambling with your house and assets in case of an injury. You as the homeowner may be liable if the roof cleaner gets injured and is not properly insured.

Follow these guidelines to ensure you select a qualified roof cleaning company.

1. Make sure they are certified with the industry recognized Roof Cleaning Institute of America (RCIA). Ask to see their certificate like the one shown below.
2. Make sure they are properly trained and equipped to guarantee you a safe and damage-free roof restoration.
3. Make sure they have proof of insurance.
4. Make sure their process is endorsed by the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association as well as the leading shingle manufacturers. Using any type of pressure washer, shampooer, or scrubber is not recommended.
5. Make sure they are not a “jack of all trades master of none” company but instead they specialize in roof cleaning.
7. Don’t put roof at jeopardy by hiring a “handyman”.
8. Make sure their work is 100% guaranteed.
9. Make sure they have at least five years of experience.
10. Select only a company that has an excellent track record. Check for customer reviews on websites other than the company’s own website.

If your roof needs cleaning, do indeed have it cleaned as soon as possible. The longer you wait the more extensive the damage will incur by the algae, moss and lichen infesting your roof. Roof cleaning is a safe, smart and rewarding process as long as done properly by a qualified roof cleaner.

Advantage Roof Cleaning RCIA certified

Advantage Roof Cleaning RCIA certified

Jack of all trades

Don’t use a jack of all trades on your roof!

A Dirty Roof Diminishes Curb Appeal – Roof Cleaning Buffalo Grove, Illinois in Lake County

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

This house with its bushes and charming flower bed with a white fence around it would have really nice curb appeal if it wasn’t for those dirty black steaks on the roof. When looking at the landscaping and front of the house, one cannot help but be distracted by that darn roof! It’s not only the home’s appeal that is being diminished but it’s value. According to Realtors, poor curb appeal can diminish a property’s value by 10%! Fortunately this homeowner was smart by having her roof professionally cleaned by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company at a very inexpensive cost. Not only is the cleaning process highly effective but safe. We use a soft wash process versus a power washer, pressure washer, shampooer or scrubber which will damage the shingles.

Before Roof Cleaning Buffalo Grove, Illinois in Lake County by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company

Before Roof Cleaning Buffalo Grove, Illinois in Lake County by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company

Before Roof Cleaning Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Before Roof Cleaning Buffalo Grove, Illinois