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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.

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Picture of Cedar Shake Roof Cedar Siding Before Roof Cleaning Evanston Cook County Picture of Cedar Shake Roof Cedar Siding After Roof Cleaning Evanston Cook County

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

 

 

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

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

 

Roof and Siding Cleaning in Naperville Illinois DuPage County

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Roof Cleaning Naperville, Illinois in DuPage County – It’s a shame to have a grand and beautiful home only to have its curb appeal diminished by a dirty ugly roof. Also the neighbors living in such a community are not very happy about the appearance of the house. What are the homeowners to do? Spend about $15,000 to replace the roof or just put it off as long as they can. There is another option that these homeowners chose. They decided to have their roof professionally cleaned by a certified roof cleaning company. The cost to clean a roof is surprisingly inexpensive. The typical cost of a roof cleaning is only about 3% of what it would cost to replace it. Now the curb appeal of this beautiful home has been restored, the owners are no longer embarrassed and the neighbors are pleased.

Before non power wash roof cleaning by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company Naperville, Illinois DuPage County

Before non power wash roof cleaning by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company Naperville, Illinois DuPage County

After non power wash roof cleaning by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company Naperville, Illinois DuPage County

After non power wash roof cleaning by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company Naperville, Illinois DuPage County

Roof and Siding Cleaning in Lisle Illinois DuPage County

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Roof Cleaning Lisle, Illinois in DuPage County – The owner of this house did his homework by researching the cause of those dirty streaks and stains on his roof. He learned that they are NOT an indication that the roof is old and needs to be replaced. But instead the black streaks are from the excretion of algae commonly referred to as roof mold. In short, “it’s not old, it’s mold.” So with the intent to maximize the life of the roof and thus delaying the large cost of a roof replacement, the owner had the algae and dirty stains safety removed by a profession roof cleaner. The roof is now in a healthy condition with many more years of useful life expected.

Before non pressure wash roof cleaning by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company Lisle, Illinois DuPage County

Before non pressure wash roof cleaning by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company Lisle, Illinois DuPage County

After non pressure wash roof cleaning by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company Lisle, Illinois DuPage County

After non pressure wash roof cleaning by Advantage Roof Cleaning Company Lisle, Illinois DuPage County

Roof and Siding Cleaning in Hindsdale Illinois DuPage County

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Roof Cleaning Hindsdale, Illinois in DuPage County – This roof was heavily infested with moss. Moss is commonly identified as a green spongy organism. Roofs in shaded areas are most susceptible to moss. Moss is especially damaging to roof shingles as it grows roots and retains constant moisture on the shingles. This quickly diminishes the integrity of the shingles. Left untreated it will result in a shortened lifespan of the roof and thus a costly roof replacement. Fortunately for the owner’s of this house, we were able to effectively treat the moss with our safe roof cleaning process and avoid the high cost of replacing the roof. What’s growing on your roof?

Picture of non-pressure washing in Hindsdale DuPage County

Before Photo Siding Roof Cleaning DuPage County Hindsdale

Picture of non-pressure washing in Hindsdale DuPage County

During Photo Siding Roof Cleaning DuPage County Hindsdale

Picture of non-pressure washing in Hindsdale DuPage County

After Photo Siding Roof Cleaning DuPage County Hindsdale