Frequently Asked Questions
WHY DOES MY ROOF HAVE BLACK STAINS?
Gloeocapsa Magma is the primary species of algae causing your roof to have black streaks. These algae spores are carried by the wind and land on your roof. Precipitation causes the algae to spread in a streak like pattern and spread all over your roof. As the algae grows, it will spread to adjacent homes which is why you will see it on many roofs in the same area. Unfortunately, this type of algae feeds off the organic material in your shingles. If the algae is left untreated, your roof may require costly, premature replacement.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I LET THE ALGAE STAY ON MY ROOF?
Keeping the algae on the roof is far worse than cosmetic if left untreated. In fact, roof mold and algae will cause decay by holding moisture. Your shingles will start to curl up causing the underlying liner to be exposed. The liner will then start to deteriorate. Since the liner acts as a protective barrier between the wood portion of a roof and the elements, you will experience leaking and structural damage that can triple the cost of repair.
DO YOU PRESSURE WASH THE ROOF?
ABSOLUTLEY NOT! Roof Power Washing will take years off your roof due to granule loss. Powerwashing the roof causes leaks from high pressure going under the shingles. Additionally, powerwashing does not actually kill the algae; therefore, it is possible that it will grow back in less than six months!
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE TO REMOVE THE UNSIGHTLY ROOF STAINS?
We use a soft wash method, which is the safest and most effective cleaning process in the industry. In fact, our process is approved by all asphalt manufacturing companies. We use a foam process that kills and prevents new algae spores from emerging as well as killing pre-existing mold/algae growth. This procedure will brighten your roof to its original luster and save years on premature roof replacement.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO HAVE MY ROOF CLEANED?
There are some misconceptions about when roof cleaning is appropriate. As long as the outside temperature is above 45°F, the cleaning process is not affected differently than any other time of year.
WILL THE PROCESS HARM MY VEGETATION?
No! The foam evaporates within 30 minutes. We will take every precaution to prevent damage to plants, shrubs, and grass. As the job progresses, we will rinse as required to protect the vegetation. The rinsing neutralizes the area in order to reassure protection to your property.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO CLEAN MY ROOF?
The cost varies depending on various factors such as the size and pitch of the roof, how prevalent the black streaks are, and the amount of moss, algae, and lichen to be removed.
DO I NEED TO BE HOME DURING CLEANING?
The homeowner does not need to be home as long as all windows are closed, pets are inside, and there is a signed copy of the proposal on the front door.
ARE YOU LICENSED AND INSURED?
We are fully insured carrying a $2,000,000.00 policy to accommodate our highest end clients. You may ask for a copy at anytime for your own records and piece of mind. We are also fully licensed in Suffolk and Nassau Counties.
DO YOU GUARANTEE YOUR WORK?
Squeaky Clean is very confident in the quality of our services, equipment, and our technicians that I will place a 100% no risk guarantee on all of our work. Payment is not required until the job is complete and you are entirely satisfied with it.
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