Roof Cleaning & Restorations in Putnam & Westchester Counties, New York
Is your roof showing unsightly signs of mold, fungus, or staining? Roof
top organisms such as mildew, algae, molds, bacteria, lichens, and mosses
are common culprits behind decomposing roofs and ultimately compromise
the integrity of your roofing system.
What causes the stains on my roof?
The shingles have Lime Stone in it. The manufactures started using lime
stone as filler in their shingles to help offset the rising cost of asphalt.
If you have done any gardening or fertilizing, you know that lime is used
to help feed, nourish and grow things like grass and other vegetation.
Well, the shingles have a UV protective coating on them when they come
from the manufacturer, but once that coating starts to wear off, the lime
stone is exposed and now the mold spores that are in the air start implanting
on the roof feeding off the lime stone. You are actually "fertilizing"
the mold on your roof and your watching that mold deteriorate, decompose
and decay right in front of you. Other organsms that grow and stain your
roof besides Mold include: Moss, Algae, Lichen and Bacteria.
If these organisms have proliferated on your roof, they may now be visible
to the human eye. The good news is that the
Carmel roofers at Honey-Do-Men Gutters & Roofers can safely and effectively remove
this unsightly roof top menace!
A few great reasons to choose us:
- We have been family owned for over 15 years.
- We have proudly served over 4,000 clients.
- No job is too big or too small.
- We have a 5 year limited warranty.
What's Growing on Your Roof Can Be Wearing it Down
While homeowners know that mildew is not pretty, often they don't realize
that what's growing on their roof is actually causing damage. Organisms
that grow on wood, concrete, siding, aluminum and other surfaces create
acids that break down construction materials that lead to cracking, shingle
curling, and other forms of decay.
So Now What :
Why Should I get my roof cleaned?
• It's ugly
• If left untreated, the algae/mold will eat away at your roofing
shingles causing leaks.
• If left untreated, it can cut the life of your roof in half.\
• You can lose your homeowners insurance, get canceled, not be renewed,
or not get it at all.
We can make your existing roof look like new
again for just a fraction of the cost of a brand new roof,
saving you thousands of dollars!
(Insurance companies are now doing random inspections to make sure you
dont have mold on the roof. Obviously they are not interested in cutting
checks for roof leaks or even entire roofs that can be prevented. If they
find mold on your roof, they send out a letter giving you 90 days to get
it cleaned and removed or they cancel your policy.)
Some companies use a "surface cleaner" which is a machine that
connects to a pressure washer and looks like a floor buffer. This aggressive
method is not recommended by manufacturers and can dislodge roofing granules.
There is a better method of treating roof mold called non-pressure roof
cleaning, which is favored by roof shingle manufacturers since it is gentler
on roofs. It uses a detergent of sodium hypochlorite, a biodegradable
substance. With our unique and better way of cleaning roofs, our goal is to:
- Get as much wear as possible
- Extend the life of your roof
- Get a return on your investment
As a homeowner or building owner, you don't want to get just 50% of
the fully duty cycle of your roofing system; premature roof failure can
cost you a fortune! Home and building owners should look at roof cleaning
as necessary preventative maintenance for their roofing system.
How Do I Clean My Roof?
There are 2 different ways. One is power washing, which is just what it
sounds like, a pressurize water system run through a gas powered machine
that blast off and strips away dirt, grease, grim, mold, moss, mildew,
algae and lichen. The problem with power washing is that it doesn't
actually kill anything and nothing is done to try and protect the house
from the algae growing back.
The pressure can also:
• Damage wood by stripping it of it's natural oils causing it
to dry and splinter.
• Strip the color off vinyl and aluminum leaving it streaky and looking
• Strip the uv coating off the shingles causing it to wear out prematurely
• Void the roof warranty
• Strips away the graduals from your roof tiles exposing the fiberglass matting
• Cause leaks in the roof as the water is shot up the roof under the shingles
• Cause leaks in the siding as water is shot up into the soffits and
then runs down the interior walls, between the seams of the siding and
strips the caulking off the windows
You other option is called Bio-Washing. Bio-Washing offers a better quality
job that last longer and gives you better results without damaging the
siding or the roof and it leaves behind a protective film keeping the
house looking cleaner longer.
Bio-Washing (Soft Washing) :
• Does everything that power washing does but without the damaging effects
• Kills the mold, moss, lichen, algae and bacteria while also removing
the dust, dirt, and grime
• Uses little to no pressure, almost like a mist.
• Runs off a car battery and solar powered fuel cells.
• Has no gas powered engines so it's quiet and doesn't smell.
• Uses an EPA approved cleaning agent that kills mold, moss, lichen,
algae, mildew and bacteria.
• Leaves behind a clear coat protective film that keep algae and other
bacteria's from growing back.
• Comes with a warranty
There are no power washers, gas operated machinery, buffing machines, disc
scrubbers or scraping of any kind. All these processes can damage your
home, strip graduals off your roof, strip the uv coating off shingles,
void the roof warranty, cause leaks, and cut the life expectancy of your
roof in half. Hence why I don't recommend any of them.
Bio-Washing (Soft Washing):
How Do you Bio-Wash?
We come to your house with a 100 gallon tank on the back of our truck,
mix an eco friendly EPA approved cleaning solution adjusting the mixture
for the surfaces we are working on that both kills the mold, moss, liken,
mildew and bacteria and also cleans and removes the ugly stains and streaks
on your roof. The solution is pumped up on to the roof using a car battery
which is charged using solar cells. Then we sprayed a mist of the solution
getting the surface wet and then letting the solution do the rest of the
work. The chemical is absorbed into the algae killing it and turning it
white. The dead algae then falls off naturally with the rain water over
the course of the next 45 days leaving behind a protective clear coat
film that you wouldn't have otherwise if you were trying to scrape,
scrub, strip or power wash off.
What Else can You Clean with Bio-Washing?
____ Rust Removal and clean up. (usually found around chimneys)
____ Efflorescence and Calcium removal. (usually found on stone chimneys
and rock walls)
Process may not remove all, but will lighten and remove most. Drastically
____ Exterior gutter brightening and restoration. (make the outside look
____ Window cleaning. (has to be done with every siding job - over spray)
____ Deck & Fence washing instead of power washing
____ Siding & Awning cleaning
____ Rock walls, patios, walkways, porches, pool decks, brick paver cleaning
We also do COMMERCIAL and MULTI-UNIT services.
Say goodbye to algae and fungus!
Saying goodbye to unwanted algae and fungus is just the beginning, the
other main reasons to clean your roof include:
- Aesthetics (property's curb appeal)
- Extends roof life
- Restores the beauty of your roof
- Energy efficiency (ask us about this)
- Reduces health hazards
Roof cleaning is one of the best things you can do to maintain and extend
the life of your roofing system. To learn more about the benefits of this service,
contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained and friendly roofers!