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Have your ever had your cedar shake roof inspected? If it is five years or older, it is due for a checkup and cleaning. Just like our teeth, cedar must also be cleaned and maintained. A well maintained cedar shake roof should last 40 to 60 years. However, if it is not properly cleaned and maintained, the cedar shakes will eventually decay.

Why Should You Care? Your cedar roof was expensive to install, will be expensive to repair and eventually will be even more expensive to replace. It’s in your best interest to maximize its useful life by scheduling a routine maintenance cleaning treatment before moss, lichen, mold, algae and fungi ruin your cedar roof.

Does your roof have dark gray, black or greenish color like this house shown below? Is there moss growing on your roof like on this house? If so, deterioration has begun and must be addressed immediately. Just like a dentist appointment, putting it off will only lead to further decay until it is too late and a costly replacement is the only option.

Fortunately the owners of this Naperville house called Advantage Roof Cleaning Company for their cedar roof cleaning before it was too late.

Do we use power washing? No. Power washing relies upon brute pressure to clean a surface. Cedar is a soft wood and power washing can do more harm than good. Our roof treatment offers a “non-pressure” cleaning process which is designed specifically for cedar shake roofs. Our non-pressure cleaning process stopped the present deteriorating condition by removing the infestations. The cedar shake roof was returned to its intended functioning condition. No costly repairs or roof replacement was needed. Cost of treatment, in most cases, is less than 5% of the replacement cost! To read more, go here. To contact us, go here.

Picture Before Cedar Shake Roof Cleaning Preserving Naperville and Hinsdale DuPage County

Picture After Cedar Shake Roof Cleaning and Preserving in Naperville and Hinsdale DuPage County

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Cedar shakes and shingles have been used for centuries. Cedar wood has proven its longevity in diverse weather climates. Cedar shakes and shingles contain oils that make them naturally resistant to decay. Cedar’s elegant look, insulating property and ability to hold up to wind and impact makes cedar shakes and shingles a great choice for roofing and siding material. You will find many houses with cedar shake roofs in communities such as Oak Brook and Hinsdale in DuPage County, Illinois.

A cedar shake roof can be expected to have a life span of 40 to 60 years. A long life begins with its installation. Proper installation will help maximize the life of cedar shake roof. On the flip side, improper installation will help to shorten the life of the cedar shake roof. Ensuring the maximum lifespan of a cedar shake roof does not stop with proper installation. Ongoing care and maintenance is equally import and a must!

Here are a few cleaning and maintenance tips to help preserve your cedar shake roof:

  • Tree branches hanging over the roof should be kept trimmed away. This will prevent leaves, small branches and other debris from building up and keeping the roof wet. The overhanging branches also block the sun from keeping the cedar dry. Damp cedar promotes moss, algae and fungi infestations. Additionally overhanging branches help make easy access for animals and insects to the roof.

Go here to read the rest of the article. For more information, photos and videos go here. Contact us now for a free assessment and quote. In addition to Oak Brook and Hinsdale, DuPage County, we service the entire north and west suburbs of Chicago.



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Most homeowners don’t realize it but cedar shake roofs need to be periodically cleaned. Believe it or not a well maintained cedar roof will last a minimum of 40 years. But again the key is to keep the cedar roof cleaned. It is similar to our teeth. If we don’t periodically have our teeth examined and cleaned, we get buildup on them. After a while, our teeth start to discolor and decay hence cavities. It’s the same principle with cedar shake roofs. Cedar has natural properties to protect it from rot. However if organisms are allowed to infest the cedar, those organisms start to break down the cedar causing it to rot and decay. Go here for the rest of the story.


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Cedar Shake Roof and Cedar Siding Cleaning in Schaumburg Cook County

Brown rot fungus, commonly known as “dry rot,” presents itself as a black or dirt brown color. It commonly causes the wood to be dry and fragile, cracking across the grain. It is dangerous because it rapidly decays the cellulose and hemicellulose in the shingles, leaving a brown residue of lignin (the substance that holds the wood cells together). Brown rot is generally more serious than white rot, as it can quickly weaken the shingle before any visible signs are detected.   If left untreated, the shingles will easily crumble into cubes, and turn into a powder when crushed.

Moss, which is appears green and spongy retains constant moisture on the cedar shake. Furthermore, it does not permit the red cedar to breathe as it should. This causes the cedar shake wood to deteriorate rapidly.

Be sure to periodically examine your cedar siding and cedar shake roof for the aforementioned colors. If you see any of them and suspect you may need a siding cleaner or roof cleaner contractor, be sure to contact a professional roofing and siding cleaner. The longer you put it off, the more damage will incur resulting in more costs to you.  To read more, go here.


Picture of Cedar Shake Roof Cedar Siding Before Roof Cleaning Evanston Cook County Picture of Cedar Shake Roof Cedar Siding After Roof Cleaning Evanston Cook County

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Gutter cleaning and vinyl cleaner Cicero, Cook County

The next time you are outside, take a good look at your siding. Do you see green and black discoloration? That discoloration is actually algae, mildew and mold! They release air borne spores into the air. That is how they got there to begin with. Those organisms are alive and it can create an unhealthy environment for your family and pets, not to mention they are destroying the appeal of your property.  We are seeing more and more of this in Cicero and surrounding communities in Cook and other collar counties.

The good news is that these invaders can be safely removed by a process called soft washing. Go here to read the rest of the story.

Before picture gutter cleaning and vinyl cleaner in Cicero Cook CountyAfter picture gutter cleaning and vinyl cleaner in Cicero Cook County

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Cedar Roof and Siding Cleaning in Elgin, Kane County Illinois

The owners of this house were almost convinced that their cedar shake roof was beyond cleaning and would need to be replaced. Unfortunately most people don’t realize cedar shake roofs, as well as siding, needs to be periodically cleaned.  A properly maintained cedar roof will last at least forty years. The cedar shingles had dark gray, black and greenish colors.  The green spongy organisms that were growing on the cedar roof were moss. These are signs that the roof was overdue for a cleaning. Go here to read more.

For more information, photos and videos go hereContact us now for a free assessment and quote.

Picture of before cedar roof and siding cleaning in Elgin Kane County IllinoisPicture of after cedar roof and siding cleaning in Elgin Kane County Illinois

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Looking at the condition of this house near the , you know the owner takes pride in the property’s appearance. The siding is clean and attractive and the lawn is a lush green and well maintained.  There is one thing though that is out of place and you probably noticed it right away. It is the dirty roof. Even with the siding clean and nicely painted and the attractive yard, you just can’t help but be distracted by that stained roof. And you know the neighbors sure notice!

Fortunately though there is solution. For the rest of the story, go here.

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This house with its bushes and charming flower bed with a white fence around it would have really nice curb appeal if it wasn’t for those dirty black steaks on the roof. When looking at the landscaping and front of the house, one cannot help but be distracted by that darn roof! For the rest of the story and a happy ending, go here.




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Do you wonder what those black streaks and stains on your roof are from? It’s not from age, tar, jet fuel, tree sap, acid rain or dirt. It’s caused by an algae called Gloeocapsa Magma. As the algae eats and multiplies, the colonies become more dense. The dense area of the algae colonies are evident by the black streaks and ugly stains which are a protective sheathing that the algae excrete.

This air born algae is more prevalent as you travel south in warmer and more humid climates. Over the years the algae has been spreading across the states. That is why it seems to be more and more noticeable here in the mid-west region. The effects of the algae are not only unsightly but very costly if not treated. If your roof is infected by algae or other organisms such as moss or lichen, have a certified roof cleaner (non-pressure spray system) inspect it as soon as possible.



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Before you list your house for sale, you may want to first contact a certified roof cleaner. Good curb appeal is critical when selling a house. If your roof has dark streaks and stains from algae or is covered in moss, an inexpensive roof cleaning will do the trick. Benefits of having your roof professionally cleaned include:

- Enhanced curb appeal resulting in more traffic from buyers and less market time.
- Good curb appeal can add as much as 10% to the value of the home.
- Removes the potential of a prospective buyer demanding a price reduction due to a “bad roof” which may delay or even kill the deal.
- A dirty and streaky roof makes the home look older than it really is.
- A clean well maintained home makes for a good neighbor with the community.

The Realtor that listed this house highly recommended to have the roof cleaned and the homeowners did just that. In doing so, they quickly sold their house and saved thousands of dollars by not having to replace the roof or by paying the buyers credits due to the roof’s appearance.




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Roof Cleaning Aurora, Illinois in DuPage County – You might not notice the dirty streaks and stains on your roof but your neighbors sure do! The neighbor that lives across the street from this house asked the homeowner when they were planning on replacing their roof? The roof was so heavily infested with algae, which causes the black stains, it looked like it was past due for a replacement. The homeowner called a roofing contractor for an estimate. Upon close examination, the honest roofing contractor explained that it did not need to be replaced but only clean. The homeowner then called a professional roof cleaning company that serves DuPage county Illinois. The roof was successfully cleaned, the homeowner saved thousands of dollars by avoiding a roof repair / replacement and the neighbors are relieved that the unsightly roof was properly addressed. If your roof is dirty and needs cleaning, be a good neighbor and have it cleaned.




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Roof Cleaning Lisle, Illinois in DuPage County – The owner of this house did his homework by researching the cause of those dirty streaks and stains on his roof. He learned that they are NOT an indication that the roof is old and needs to be replaced. But instead the black streaks are from the excretion of algae commonly referred to as roof mold. In short, “it’s not old, it’s mold.” So with the intent to maximize the life of the roof and thus delaying the large cost of a roof replacement, the owner had the algae and dirty stains safety removed by a profession roof cleaner. The roof is now in a healthy condition with many more years of useful live expected.




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Roof Cleaning Hindsdale, Illinois in DuPage County – This roof was heavily infested with moss. Moss is commonly identified as a green spongy organism. Roofs in shaded areas are most susceptible to moss. Moss is especially damaging to roof shingles as it grows roots and retains constant moisture on the shingles. This quickly diminishes the integrity of the shingles. Left untreated it will result in a shortened lifespan of the roof and thus a costly roof replacement. Fortunately for the owner’s of this house, we were able to effectively treat the moss with our safe roof cleaning process and avoid the high cost of replacing the roof. What’s growing on your roof?





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Growth of algae, fungus, moss or lichen on roof shingles is an indication of roof decay and time to replace. This is a myth. The presence of any of these organisms on a roof is not an indication of the age or condition of the roof. These organisms are found on roofs that are only a few years old to roofs that are twenty five years old. There’s a phrase in the roof cleaning industry “it’s not old, it’s moldâ€. Read full entry.

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Many homeowners wish to have only one side of their dirty roof cleaned and washed. They believe that it is only the one side that is dirty having ugly stains and black streaks on it. The truth of the matter is that air born algae (mold) lands on the roof and feeds on the material in the asphalt shingles. The technical name for the algae is Gloeocapsa Magma. It grows mostly on the north and west facing roofs which receives the prevailing moisture and shade. Not only algae but moss and lichen are also most prevalent on the north facing roofs. Just like moss grows on the north side of trees. Read full entry.