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Cedar Shake Roof Maintenance in Naperville and Hinsdale, DuPage County

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

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Cedar Roof Cleaning and Preserving in Oak Brook and Hinsdale, DuPage County

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 c

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Cedar Shake Roof and Siding Cleaning in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff

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

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Cedar Shake Roof and Cedar Siding Cleaning in Schaumburg Cook County

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

Gutter cleaning and vinyl cleaner Cicero, Cook County

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

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Cedar Roof and Siding Cleaning in Elgin, Kane County Illinois

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 mos

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Roof and Siding Cleaning in Will County Joliet

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 the

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What are Those Black Streaks on My Roof? – Roof Cleaning Willowbrook, Illinois in DuPage County

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

Call a Roof Cleaner Before Selling your House – Roof Cleaning St. Charles, Illinois in Kane County

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

Your Neighbors Notice your Dirty Roof - Roof Cleaning Aurora, Illinois in DuPage County

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 cont

Customer Story 24

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 ow

Customer Story 23

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

Dirty Roof Myth Busters No.2

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.

Dirty Roof Myth Busters No.1

The state of Illinois and the rest of the mid-west region are being invaded and most people don’t even realize it yet. Have you noticed any rooftops that have ugly black streaks and stains? Most folks living in this area think those streaks and stains are a number of things including: Read full entry

Should you have just part of the roof or the entire roof cleaned?

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
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