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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.

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

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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