I sincerely believe that when we are cleaning someone’s roof in Addison that we are in fact saving them far more money than we are charging them. Why? Because besides removing the dark stains and lowering the temperature in their attic we are removing the decomposers on their roofs and dramatically extending the service life of their roofing system. Don’t believe me keep reading and see if I do not make a compelling case.
For starters lets look at your manufacturer and the warranty they supply on your roof. I am sure you are quite impressed with the warranty claims of most roofing systems…20, 25, 30 years up to a lifetime warranty! None of us look forward to the day where we stroke a large check and hear the beeping as we watch a dump truck backing up to our house so our old roofing system can be taken to the landfill and the new one fixed on.
As mentioned, these roof warranties are impressive but they do come with their fine print as they should. After all, you cannot guarantee to someone whom you sold your used car that it will last very long without him maintaining the oil or keeping air in the tires.
Few people take the time to read their warranty information but there are limitations on the warranty claims of your roofing system. Among other limitations such as: contractor’s error, falling objects, foot traffic, and acts of God, are the limitations regarding fungus, mold, lichen, and algae (though some indirectly refer to this by referencing failure to adhere to recommended maintenance instructions provided by the roofing manufacturer). So proof number one is your roofing manufacturer knows the cleanliness of your roof directly effects its service life and has written it into the fine print of your manufacturer’s warranty. If your roof is dirty, they won’t warranty it!
Insurance companies have also caught on to how the life of a roof is effected by the cleanliness of the roofs and have in some areas issued homeowners warnings that their policy will be dropped if they do not clean their roofs. Don’t believe me watch this video from 4 years ago…..
Last I am quite convinced as a cleaning contractor who has had the opportunity to observe hundreds of homes over the last 13 years that clean roofs in Addison (as well as paint, wood, and about everything else) last longer. Why do I believe this?
Because algae, fungus, mold, and lichen are decomposers. Their job in nature is to break down those fallen branches and trees into usable soil. I have seen algae that had been left unchecked for years eat the paint off of walls, I have seen it break down shingles, and I have seen it serve as the soil on to which a small tree grew right off of a roof (I even took the picture). On the other hand, I have seen shingles placed near a galvanized flashing where the flashing leaches zinc (a natural fungus killer, think zinc oxide for your itchy toes LOL) and the shingles that were kept clean were in perfect condition, however everywhere else completely decomposed. I have also heard of shingle roofs cleaned regularly 20 years old that still looks new.
Your roof will not last half of the warranty you are provided if it has not been kept clean of decomposing microorganisms! Your manufacturer knows this, your insurance provider knows this, and now you do as well. However, the service life of your roof can meet and even exceed the warranty claims with a properly installed system, a little avoidance of major catastrophes (Thinking hurricane Katrina) and a professional cleaning. If you want to double the service life of your costly roof you need to keep it properly cleaned.
And that dear reader is my explanation to how a couple of hundred dollars can double the life of your multi-thousand dollar roof.
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