Roof Cleaning Tacoma
Roof Cleaning Tacoma WA
If you're viewing this website you most probably understand the importance of having a clean roof. For those of you unsure of why this is so important, I will outline some good reason why you should go ahead with this service.
The first and most obvious reason would be to improve the looks of your home. We all like our properties to look their best and this is especially important if you are thinking of having your property valued or putting it on the market for sale or rent. Any home with that extra bit of “curb appeal” will almost certainly generate a higher rental or selling price.
Moss grows on your roof due to climate conditions but mainly for the fact that the roof tiles are a food source for the moss and algae. The longer you let moss grow on your tiles the more they will eat away at the tiles and could eventually make their way down to the wooden structure. A roof covered in moss or algae growth will hold water, slowing it's passage down to your gutters. As the water pools it may find its way into your internal structure, causing a lot more damage than an ugly roof.
Replacing roof tiles is a very timely and costly business so it would make much more sense to use regular services of a professional roof cleaning company.
You may not initially notice the damage caused to your tiles but moisture will be able find its way into your roof from displaced or cracked tiles. You would now have more problems than anyone would like, with cracked or damaged tiles, water damage in your roof as well as the possibility of mold growing inside your home which may cause a health risk to your family.
We always start our service with an inspection of your roof to determine which contaminants may be present and the general condition of your roof Including the type of tiles used in its construction. We will then be in the best position to recommend the most suitable treatment for your home.
The first Cleaning method is often described in the industry as soft washing. This is generally because of the low pressure application used along with chemicals that will dislodge and kill any moss, algae, lichens or fungal growth. It is always best to try and dislodge or remove as much of the moss algae on like and before applying the chemical wash. We would normally recommend this service if your roof has a light covering of growth that has only established itself recently not having had time to enter small cracks and crevices in your tiles. The spray and chemicals can be applied from the ground using telescopic poles with a hose head and brush or we may decide to access your roof close up application. Our decision to access your roof is always taken with the utmost health and safety considerations in mind.
Houses with wooden shingles are even more at risk to water damage due to moss restricting water flow to the gutters. The wooden tiles will become damp over time and lose their structural integrity as well as their ability to repel water. Wooden shingle roofs are historical and beautiful constructions normally made from indigenous wood such as red cedar or coastal Redwood. Sadly these are some of the most vulnerable materials when it comes to moss and algae growth. Thankfully, the natural beauty of the wood is just under the surface and with the correct treatment it will be back to original condition soon. We follow the guidelines from the Cedar Bureau which recommends using a solution of 1 part bleach to 3 parts water to remove any growth. We apply this with a low pressure spray leaving it too to rest for at least 15 minutes before rinsing it off with the same low pressure method. Whenever we are working with a wooden roof, our technicians will spray from topside down to ensure no water is pushed up between the tiles.
Once the pressure washing has cleared the tiles of all growth, we will then apply an eco-friendly, concentrated moss and algae killer. This will ensure the greatest length of time possible between cleaning services. With the correct application of the right chemicals your roof should last at least 12 to 36 months between cleaning. We can also recommend a roof and wall sealer which may protect your roof for up to 10 years from the regrowth of moss and water or dirt entering your internal structure.
The safest way to clean any roof is always from the ground using our extendable poles and this would be our first choice in any situation.
If our initial inspection indicates that a pressure washing method is required we will assess the risk of accessing your roof and use all safety equipment available. With our high pressure hoses being as effective as they are it is important that there are no loose or cracked tiles which could be dislodged during the process. A thorough inspection by our trained professionals will ensure the safety of everyone involved. Not all homes have the same tiles and some may be more brittle or softer than others. To ensure there is no damage caused to your tiles, our pressure washing systems have variable water flow ensuring the right amount of pressure is used for different surfaces and there is no damage caused to your roof tiles.
Some good side effects of our roof cleaning service are that your gutters will also be cleaned after completing the roof. Clean gutters last longer and will lessen the possibility of water damage or leaks. We also offer a dedicated service just for gutter cleaning if that is all you require.
A second good by-product would be a regular inspection of the structural integrity of your roof and tiles. Early detection of damage or wear and tear could save you thousands in the long run. Our technicians are professionally trained to identify any potential problems with your tiles and roof structure.
Cleaning a Roof and gutter system is a messy business which is probably one of the reasons why many people put it off. Our crew will make every effort to keep the surroundings of your house as clean as possible by laying protective sheets around the perimeter of your roof. This will also protect any of your plants and grass from unwanted side effects of moss and algae killer chemicals.
Roof cleaning can be a dangerous task. Considering that average height of a single store home in North America is 20 feet and a two story home is 30 feet, even if the work is carried out from the ground, there are still hazards to look out for. With this in mind we will have a dedicated safety officer in each team. We take your safety and that of our crew very seriously.