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

What are Those Black Streaks on My Roof? – Roof Cleaning Willowbrook, Illinois in DuPage County

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Do you wonder what those black streaks and stains on your roof are from? It’s not from age, tar, jet fuel, tree sap, acid rain or dirt. It’s caused by an algae called Gloeocapsa Magma. As the algae eats and multiplies, the colonies become more dense. The dense area of the algae colonies are evident by the black streaks and ugly stains which are a protective sheathing that the algae excrete.

This air born algae is more prevalent as you travel south in warmer and more humid climates. Over the years the algae has been spreading across the states. That is why it seems to be more and more noticeable here in the mid-west region. The effects of the algae are not only unsightly but very costly if not treated. If your roof is infected by algae or other organisms such as moss or lichen, have a certified roof cleaner (non-pressure spray system) inspect it as soon as possible.

Before roof cleaning Willowbrook, Illinois in DuPage County by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company

Before roof cleaning Willowbrook, Illinois in DuPage County by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company

After roof cleaning Willowbrook, Illinois in DuPage County by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company

After roof cleaning Willowbrook, Illinois in DuPage County by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company

 

 

Call a Roof Cleaner Before Selling your House – Roof Cleaning St. Charles, Illinois in Kane County

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Before you list your house for sale, you may want to first contact a certified roof cleaner. Good curb appeal is critical when selling a house. If your roof has dark streaks and stains from algae or is covered in moss, an inexpensive roof cleaning will do the trick. Benefits of having your roof professionally cleaned include:

  • Enhanced curb appeal resulting in more traffic from buyers and less market time.
  • Good curb appeal can add as much as 10% to the value of the home.
  • Removes the potential of a prospective buyer demanding a price reduction due to a “bad roof” which may delay or even kill the deal.
  • A dirty and streaky roof makes the home look older than it really is.
  • A clean well maintained home makes for a good neighbor with the community.

The Realtor that listed this house highly recommended to have the roof cleaned and the homeowners did just that. In doing so, they quickly sold their house and saved thousands of dollars by not having to replace the roof or by paying the buyers credits due to the roof’s appearance.

Before non pressure wash roof cleaning by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company St. Charles, Illinois Kane County

Before non pressure wash roof cleaning by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company St. Charles, Illinois Kane County

After non pressure wash roof cleaning by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company St. Charles, Illinois Kane County

After non pressure wash roof cleaning by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company St. Charles, Illinois Kane County

 

Your Neighbors Notice your Dirty Roof

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Roof Cleaning Aurora, Illinois in DuPage County – You might not notice the dirty streaks and stains on your roof but your neighbors sure do! The neighbor that lives across the street from this house asked the homeowner when they were planning on replacing their roof? The roof was so heavily infested with algae, which causes the black stains, it looked like it was past due for a replacement. The homeowner called a roofing contractor for an estimate. Upon close examination, the honest roofing contractor explained that it did not need to be replaced but only cleaned. The homeowner then called a professional roof cleaning company that serves DuPage county Illinois. The roof was successfully cleaned, the homeowner saved thousands of dollars by avoiding a roof repair / replacement and the neighbors are relieved that the unsightly roof was properly addressed. If your roof is dirty and needs cleaning, be a good neighbor and have it cleaned.

 

Before roof cleaner by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company Aurora, Illinois DuPage County

Before roof cleaner by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company Aurora, Illinois DuPage County

After roof cleaner by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company Aurora, Illinois DuPage County

After roof cleaner by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company Aurora, Illinois DuPage County