A little bit of research goes a long way when it comes to saving time and money on your roof cleaning.
Most homeowners want the exterior of their house to look great. But how? You can hire painting contractors to paint the exterior of your home. For a quick fix, you can get it pressure washed. Maybe it is time to spruce up the yard? One place you may not think to look to is your roof.
Look up, and for the first time, you may notice the algae buildup and dark streaks that have accumulated over time. It is time to start looking for roof cleaning contractors.
A clean roof not only adds value to your home; it increases its overall lifespan. Your roof faces a lot of abuse, from natural weather conditions to man-made irritants. Rain, sun, dust, wind and carbon pollution can all contribute to roof damage, over time.
The “dirty” appearance of your roof comes in the form of dark patches, usually caused by algae growing on the surface. Sometimes, homeowners confuse the color change for a bigger problem and assume that it is time to replace the roof. You can avoid having to take on such a project with proper roof maintenance.
At this point, your best bet is to call a roof cleaning professional to assess the current state of your home’s roof. When a professional leads the effort on restoring your roof, you can expect the removal of dirt, algae and other unsightly stains. Afterward, your neighbors will swear you had a new one built.
However, choosing a roof cleaning service can be a challenge. There is no shortage of qualified individuals out there, most of which can do the job without any issues. Yet, there are some companies that deal in shady or illegal practices, which can put you or your home at risk. With a few extra precautions, you can have a clean roof without any extra stress, undue cost, or inconvenience.
Why Hire a Professional?
You may be hesitant to pull out your wallet for what sounds like a pretty simple job. However, professional roof cleaning services know exactly what it takes to complete such a large scale job. You, on the other hand, may not.
1. Roof cleaning is long, hard work.
If you think cleaning your roof only consists of climbing up with a bucket of water, scrubber, and some soap, you are surely mistaken. After spending hours on the roof, you would realize that you’ve only managed to remove a bit of dirt. The algae, mildew and mold still remain.
Leave roof cleaning to the pros, while you tend to the rest of your to-do list. Besides, climbing and working on a rooftop is dangerous. It is better to leave it to trained professionals who know how to avoid accidents.
2. It is not as expensive as you think.
If you think roof cleaning services are too expensive, do some research, speak to your neighbors, or ask your co-workers who have recently had their roofs cleaned. There weren’t always so many roof cleaning contractors in business. Due to the increase in competition, there are more options, making rates much more affordable.
Do keep in mind that rock bottom rates should not be your sole deciding factor, as the type and quality of services makes a world of difference when it comes to your roof cleaning experience.
3. The work lasts for quite some time.
When you clean the roof on your own, then there is no guarantee that it will stay clean for months. But, when you hire professionals, proactive measures are taken. They don’t just clean the roof, they undertake preventive measures so that it remains in good condition for the foreseeable future.
4. Roof cleaners will not damage your roof.
Cleaning your roof yourself or hiring inexperienced cleaners can damage your rooftop. It is not just about cleaning your roof with a pressure washer or using a scrubber and elbow grease. If during the process of cleaning you damage any of the shingles or some of them get loose, then it might create more problems for you. Broken and unattached shingles attract more mildew, dirt and algae, which in turn would increase overall damage to your roof. When you hire a professional roof cleaning company, they do their best to make sure such damages or mishaps do not happen.
What to Watch Out For
Do a bit of legwork, and research prospective companies. Keep these things in mind before hiring a roof cleaning service:
1. Experience and expertise are the #1 priority.
Make sure the contractors are who they say they are. Verify experience in the industry, special expertise, and past jobs. Take a look into their previous customer service. Start with a company’s website, and look for client testimonials.
You can also speak to your family, friends, and colleagues and take their referrals. After all, word of mouth is free publicity. If somebody close to you is a satisfied customer and recommends a roof cleaning company, you can probably count on their recommendation for a great experience.
2. Check for Licensing and Insurance.
Unfortunately, not all businesses in this world are trustworthy and honest. Some companies, including roof cleaning companies, operate without proper licensing or insurance.
It is always better to avoid such companies, as it can cause more harm than good.
Roof cleaning is a risky job, and accidents can happen anywhere. You may find yourself responsible for the safety of the individuals working on your property. If a worker gets injured on your property, and there is not proper insurance coverage, you may be accountable for their medical expenses. It is not worth it to cut costs by hiring an unlicensed, uninsured company to work on your roof. It could end up costing you more than you ever wanted to spend.
3. Start with an assessment, then a quote.
Different types of roofs require alternative cleaning methods. It is always better to ask the roof cleaning company to assess the roof and provide you with their recommendations for further service.
Get assessments and quotes from at least three different roof cleaning companies before making your final decision. This way, you can make the best choice regarding pricing and service.
4. Check out the Reviews.
With just a little bit of research, you can check out a company’s customer satisfaction. A quick Google search should yield results on sites such as Yelp, Angie’s List, and Google itself. Alternatively, you can ask the roof cleaning company for client testimonials. Be wary of reviews that are suspiciously good, or extremely bad. They may not be a legitimate review from an actual customer!
5. Ask about a warranty.
It is advisable to discuss the warranty before you sign an agreement with a roof service company. With a warranty comes peace of mind.
If your Orlando, Lake Mary, Sanford, or Central Florida home is in need of roof cleaning contractors, call The Paint Manager, a licensed and insured roof cleaning service and professional painter. We can help make your roof look brand new, once more.