There is a lot of misinformation and confusion about how to properly clean a roof, especially since it’s a relatively new industry. The experts at ROOF REAL CLEAN would like to clear up some of the myths about roof cleaning. The truth is there is really only one safe way to remove unsightly black stains and streaks on your roof.
Northern Virginia Roof Stains Caused by Gloeocapsa Magna
The black streaks and stains often seen on dirty roofs are caused by a hardy type of algae known as Gloeocapsa Magma. This type of algae growth has airborne spores that land on your shingles and spread quickly. Gloeocapsa Magma feeds on the limestone contained in your roof shingles along with moisture and must be killed with the proper chemicals, or it will grow back.
Roof Algae Uses Your Roof As Food
The black streaks and stains from algae growing on your Northern Virginia roof is not just a cosmetic issue that can be ignored. Roof algae will use your roof as FOOD and if not removed, it will eventually cause premature granule loss of your shingle, deterioration and shorten the lifespan of your roof.
Why You Should Maintain Your Northern Virginia Roof
Shingle granules are intended to deflect UV rays and heat away from your roof surface. However, if your roof is covered in algae or the granules are eaten away by algae infestation, you will have higher AC bills, let alone have to replace your roof prematurely. Maintaining your Northern Virginia roof by having it cleaned by a professional roof cleaning service such as ROOF REAL CLEAN makes sense when you consider the thousands of dollars it will cost you to replace it.
Low Pressure Wash Roof Cleaning
You never want to power wash the algae off your roof because it can damage the integrity of our shingle, causing granule loss. Blasting your roof with 2000 PSI may remove some of the stains, but it will also remove some of your roof in the process. High pressure is never a good idea!
At ROOF REAL CLEAN, we NEVER use high pressure when cleaning a roof. We use a low pressure rinse along with a bio-degradable roof shampoo that won’t harm your shingle or the surrounding vegetation around your home. The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) recommends that roof shingles be cleaned with a low pressure wash chemical method– never high pressure!
Don’t Get “Sold” on a New Roof
Often, the dingiest dirtiest roofs are simply in need of a professional roof cleaning and are returned back to their original luster. Unfortunately, many folks get “sold” on a new roof, when all they really needed was a roof cleaning by a professional roof cleaning company such as ROOF REAL CLEAN of Northern Virginia.
ROOF REAL CLEAN – Northern Virginia’s ‘Premier’ Roof Cleaning Company
We are in the business of making our customers happy and that is why ROOF REAL CLEAN has become Northern Virginia’s ‘premier’ roof cleaning company.
We service the following Northern Virginia cities:
- Fairfax Station, VA roof cleaning
- Falls Church, VA roof cleaning
- Annandale , VA roof cleaning
- Fairfax, VA roof cleaning
- Springfield, VA roof cleaning
- Oakton, VA roof cleaning
- Vienna, VA roof cleaning
- Burke, VA roof cleaning
- Centreville, VA roof cleaning
- Mclean, VA roof cleaning
- Clifton, VA roof cleaning
- Alexandria, VA roof cleaning
- Arlington, VA roof cleaning
At ROOF REAL CLEAN we offer a roof maintenance program and a one year warranty on our roof cleaning services. For a FREE roof cleaning quote, give us a call today at (703) 973-1619 – Be sure and ask for “Mauricio.”
We Strive for Excellence and Customer Satisfaction!