It’s that time of year again, spring has arrived! The days are getting longer, but so is your to-do list. Spring cleaning is a popular but time consuming tradition. Most people can handle their to-do list inside the home, but how many of you have the time, supplies, ability or desire to completely clean their siding and roofs? Too often these chores fall to the wayside, but don’t let ‘em! No more excuses: Window Genie is here to offer our top 3 reasons you should have a professional wash your roof this spring.
1. Mold, Mildew & Algae, Oh MY!
The black and green streaks you see on your roof and siding are not simply pollution or dirt… they’re mold, mildew and algae! Not only can an untreated mold problem damage your property, but it’s harmful to your family, pets and landscaping. Mold and algae spread rapidly & feed off moisture and organic matter wherever they can find it: these pesky mold spores will creep down from your roof your siding, into your gutters, fascia board, foundation and attic. If you haven’t taken the time to inspect your roof, go outside now! Notice black build-up on your shingles or tiles? Don’t worry, it’s not too late to prevent permanent damage. This is treatable!
2. Curb Appeal
Want the freshest looking house on the block? Well, rain isn’t going to take care of those black streaks on your roof… it’s mold! Some of you may even have plant life growing: algae, lichen and more. Need to boost curb appeal because you’re selling your house? The condition of your home’s exterior; your roof, siding, deck and driveway, are all under a microscope during an open house and during inspections. A dingy, dirty, cracked, moldy home does NOT sell. As with window cleaning, regular pressure washing keeps your home’s vinyl, wood, concrete and brick surfaces not only looking good, but in great working condition. Allowing years of dirt, grease and grime to cake onto and penetrate these surfaces will surely lead to irreversible damage that prospective home buyers WILL notice. Potential home buyers want to envision themselves enjoying the new home, they do NOT want to envision themselves moving in and inheriting a mess of expensive fix-ups. A professional roof wash will immediately transform the look of our home and lets neighbors & buyers know that your home is in great, sound condition.
3. DIY Roof Washing is a NIGHTMARE
The most common mistake do-it-yourself pressure washers will run into is applying too much pressure. It is easy to underestimate the power of a jet of water, but in addition to damaging your home, you could hurt yourself. On the flip side, too little pressure just makes everything wet, doing little to remove stains. Don’t waste your day guessing on a big job like this. Window Genie’s pressure washing technicians are fully trained and equipped with the appropriate machines required for every job and every stain. In this instance, Window Genie uses a soft wash system that will completely kill off the growth. You’ll notice an immediate difference as our solution begins to break down and kill the plant life… and while every case is a bit different, you’ll see complete eradication after 2 or 3 good rains. Hiring a professional for your roof washing service ensures a safe, thorough clean every time. If you do try it yourself, never step foot on the roof without a partner, proper safety equipment & the skills needed to get the job done quickly and effectively. In addition, electrical hazards are often underestimated by DIY house & roof washers – be mindful & safe out there!