One of the main reasons for starting this company was witnessing the massive need for roof cleaning in Springfield, MO. Approximately 70% of the roofs in our area have black stains, algae, moss, lichen, and other moisture related issues. The black stains not only look terrible, but they are also killing the lifespan of your roof. The algae literally feeds off the fillers in your roof and once one spot starts, you can expect it to take over most of your roof. Especially on the sides of your house that get little sunshine, such as the north side.
Gloeocapsa magma is the official name for what causes most of the most un-sightly stains on your roof. Gloeocapsa Magma Algae is spread by wind and animals, and grows from a dot to a spot to a streak. As a Gloeocapsa Magma Algae colony grows, older algae decompose, and will hold moisture, which enables the entire colony to grow even more rapidly. Many times a homeowner will just notice a spot, and in no time, half the asphalt roof shingles are covered. Increased moisture levels lead to the growth of lichen, mold and even moss.
Why do I need my roof cleaned?
First and foremost is to protect your roof because it’s a big money investment to replace it. If you don’t clean it, these different growths could easily take 5-10 years off the life of your roof. But I think most people get them cleaned because they make your house look terrible. The roof is the largest visible portion of your home and if it has black streaks all over it, the rest of your house doesn’t look good. No matter how much effort you put into landscaping and other curb appeal related things, if you have roof stains then your house doesn’t look good!
0-2000 sq ft- $300
2-3000 sq ft- $400
3000+ sq ft- $500+
*This pricing will cover most roof jobs. Additional costs may be added if you have excessive lichen or moss,
steeply pitched roof, or difficulty getting to certain portions of your roof.
What is our process for cleaning it?
- Onsite evaluation and estimate- Our basic service pricing covers 90% of jobs.
- Attach gutter hoses and make sure all waste water is directed away from the house.
- Setup ladders and spray cleaning solution on the roof.
- Wash down all plants and landscaping
- Use a low pressure rinse to make your roof look brand new!
- Rinse plants and landscaping again. There is no chance your plants will be damaged by cleaning solution.
- Evaluate the roof, note any areas that need repair. If areas are found with damage we will notify homeowner and see about repairing them.
- Clean up and leave your house looking better than we left it.
*Beware- Some local companies will not use a rinse and instead prefer to let the rain do the work, leaving your roof looking exactly the same for months. They charge more than we do for half the work, and a roof that doesn’t look clean for months. Make sure you know what your getting. Not all roof cleaning companies are the same! We only use a low pressure rinse under a 100 psi.
There are three types of solutions that can be used for cleaning roofs to include: sodium hypochlorite, sodium hydroxide, and sodium percarbonate. But there is only one type of cleaning solution recommended by roofing manufacturers that won’t void your warranty, and that is Sodium Hypochlorite. This is a type of chlorine that is applied liberally to the roofs surface in order to KILL the algae and bacteria growing on it. The reason this is the most commonly used chemical is because it is the most effective solution for killing the problem. Cleaning the algae off is not enough, if you don’t kill it, then it will just come back in a couple of years. Many homeowners have concerns that this will pollute their area, which is not true at all. This type of chlorine is very unique and becomes inactive and completely safe within minutes of application. The higher the heat on your roof, the quicker the solution becomes inactive. Once the solution does its job, it literally just turns into salt. This will not harm your plants if applied properly. We can further explain the process over the phone if you’d like to understand more about the process.