Professional Roof Cleaning in Savannah, Georgia

All American Pressure Cleaning is the only certified roof cleaning company in Savannah, Georgia.
By: The Dean of Cean
 
May 20, 2010 - PRLog -- Roof Cleaning – The Dirty Truth

Having your roof cleaned actually makes sense. I know most of you reading this might question the need for it or possibly even the process used to clean a roof, I hope to answer these questions in this article.  
It isn’t just about aesthetics. While it is true when people say that a dirty roof will lower a property’s value and may make it harder to sell, the real issue is that the “dirt” on a roof actually shortens the roof’s life span and can even present a health hazard.  Furthermore, the “dark stains” on a roof act as a sponge to absorb the sun's heat, which causes a rise in the temperature inside a home, creating higher energy bills.

The “dirt” isn’t just dirt – It’s alive. Some of the black or very dark roof stains are caused by a resilient type of algae, Gloeocapsa magma (a type of blue-green algae commonly found in climates with warm, humid summers). The algae grow in standing water, as well as in our lakes and ponds. The algae spores are carried to our roofs from the water sources by the wind and birds, and then from roof to roof where it grows and feeds on the limestone filler in asphalt shingles. Worse still, as the algae grow, they retain water and foster the growth of other roof inhabitants.

The black stains are also very likely to harbor a number of molds or fungi. Unlike algae, the fungi on our roofs lacks chlorophyll and are unable to manufacture food from raw materials. This being said, the algae must get nutrition from some form of organic matter. To thrive, they also require a warm, humid environment.

Fungi normally begin their life cycle as an airborne spore that settles on roofs. The spores on the northern exposure of the roof stand a better chance of survival because that portion of the roof is the last part to dry after a rain or morning dew. This raises the humidity on the surface of the shingle, thus creating a perfect feeding and breeding ground.

The tar used in roofing is fossilized, dead organic matter and an important food source for fungi. Asphalt, at the granule base, is normally consumed first. Once these granules dislodge, accelerated deterioration of the roof itself will occur. Ceramic granules represent the outer hard shell that protects against hail and other falling debris. Ceramic granules protect against damaging UV radiation and insulate the roof against extreme heat. So you can understand that their dislodgement by the growing fungal colonies can be detrimental to our roofs’ longevity. Surprisingly, the blue-green algae are also food for the fungi.

While not all mold (fungi) and algae pose a health danger, some are harmful, especially for us the elderly, younger children and people who suffer from asthma and respiratory problems. Their spores, which are on your roof, can get inside your home because they end up on the driveway and walkways from rain, and are easily tracked inside. They can even be drawn into air conditioning systems and eventually populate your ducts.

Different mold species can have varying health effects, but it is important to remember that any excessive mold growth needs to be taken care of, regardless of the species. Any excessive mold growth can lead to increased allergies, toxicity, and house/building structural problems.

Don’t Panic!

All American Pressure Cleaning can help; we are the only Certified Roof Cleaning Company in the Low Country and can safely and effectively clean your roof!
Most home owners become concerned when the first unsightly black streaks begin to appear long before permanent damage is done. It’s at this point that they call a roofing contractor and in my opinion where most home owners are steered in the wrong direction with misinformation.
It’s been my experience from talking with many home owners that most and I emphasis the word “most”, roofing contractors are not going to tell a potential customer that a simple roof cleaning is all they need.  Why would they?  Remember that most roofs are guaranteed to last between 25-30 years.
The good news is that we can properly clean your roof without harming the shingles using the proper equipment and processes approved by the major shingle manufacturers and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association.  The proper method include a low pressure eco-friendly detergent application followed by a light rinsing, although we have found that allowing the cleaning agent to dwell on the roof until the first rain increases the effectiveness of our process.  NOTE: Never use or allow a pressure washer to be used on your roof.
Inexperienced home owners and unethical contractors have damaged shingles by attempting to blast the algae off the shingles using high water pressure. Doing so obviously defeats the purpose of trying to prolong the roof’s life by cleaning it.
After seeing and hearing the need for a professional roof cleaning company in the Low Country, we decided to make the investment in the equipment and training to properly and safely clean asphalt shingles.  If you have any more questions or would like to talk about your roof, please call us or visit our website where we have several roof cleaning videos and even more information about our process.
We can also help you maintain the rest of your property with our pressure cleaning services as well as our Lawn Care Division, All American Property Maintenance.

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912-308-8544

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