Roof Cleaning

What are those unsightly black marks on your roof?

If you’ve been watching those black streaks grow from the gutters up, they’ didn’t appear overnight. They’ve been slowly working their way into your roof for years.

The cause of the streaks is an algae-like substance called Gloeocapsa Magma. This bacteria has been spreading like wildfire due to rising temperatures and humidity. Furthermore, shingles are now being produced with limestone, which the bacteria feeds on.

Gloeocapsa Magma can also spread to parts of your roof that are not cleaned properly. While partial cleaning is a temporary solution to make the roof look better, it doesn’t have long-lasting benefits. Those black streaks don’t just look bad -they’re eating your roof!

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Our Cleaning Procedures

All roof cleaning is completed with a two-person team. One technician is on the ground and the other is on the roof. Here’s how it works:

We prioritize quality and safety. That’s why our team always follows the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association approved method for cleaning and treating roofs.

Why don’t we just pressure wash your roof?

This is the #1 question we get from homeowners, real estate agents, and property managers. The answer is easy: It’s very unsafe for our technicians due to the wet slippery conditions and strong jolt of the pressure washer, but it’s also very unsafe for your home.

Fiberglass-based asphalt shingles are manufactured with material composed entirely of glass fibers of varying lengths and orientations. This fiberglass base is then surfaced with a specially-formulated asphalt coating, followed by weather-resistant mineral granules. When you or a contractor get up on the roof and pressure wash to remove those ugly black streaks more harm is being done than good. The high pressure from the washer:

Take this example in the pre-cleaning photo to the left: Even after we cleaned the roof correctly, you can still see the pressure washing marks very clearly. Unfortunately the customers who own this roof initially paid more for another company to come in and pressure wash the roof. After the company damaged it, our team came in and used soft washing to clean it correctly.

Will our methods kill the lawn and landscaping?

Our methods will not kill your plants and lawn because we take every precaution to protect them. Between using tarps, drop cloths, and plenty of water, we protect your landscaping every step of the way.

Will roof cleaning protect my insurance policy?

Insurance companies and home inspectors are finally realizing how important roof cleaning is to the quality of a home. Many insurance companies are even canceling policies due to dirty roofs.

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"We have used Superior Pressure Wash multiple times to power wash our house, driveway and deck, and have been super pleased every time. They always go above and beyond and their prices are fair."

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