Roof Cleaning Everett,WA

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Soft Wash Roof Cleaning in Everett, Washington

Different geographical locations require different types of care and maintenance for the home. For those living in the Everett, Washington area, homeowners may benefit from the use of soft wash roof cleaning over the use of harsher power washing methods. Read on to learn more about roof cleaning, Everett, Washington, and roofing companies that offer the soft wash cleaning method.

History Of Everett, Washington

The founding of Everett, Washington dates back to the year 1861 when a small group of settlers began building cabins in an area known as Port Gardner Bay. A few decades later, in 1890, when the Everett Land Company was incorporated, plans were made to form the town called Everett. The area is rich in history and is located 25 miles north of Seattle, with the climate being influenced by marine air masses. This causes the temperatures during the changing seasons in Everett to be less pronounced, than in inland areas.

Soft Wash Roof Cleaning in Everett

 

 

The soft washing method of roof cleaning incorporates the use of chemicals, which cause less damage to roofing surfaces than power washing. Roof shingles contain layers of granules which determine approximately how many years the shingles should last. As an example , a roof with a life expectancy of 20 years would contain 20 layers of granules. With every power washing procedure performed on a roof, 3 to 4 years can be taken off the life of the roofing substrate. This makes the soft wash roof cleaning method a more favorable option.  Aside from this benefit, the soft wash method will last 2 to 3 years to keep moss and algae away. The softwash method works by eliminating all moss spores from the roof ,which cause moss to grow.

 

Chemicals used in Soft Wash Roof Cleaning

The soft wash method uses chemicals such as:

  • TSP (trisodium phosphate) which removes rust stains and algae.
  • Sodium hydrochloride which kills moss and cleans the shingles.
  • Borax lo to kill moss residual and spores.
  • Isopropyl alcohol to wipe out aggressive moss.
  • Surfactant to stop the mix from flowing rapidly into your gutters.

Only professional roof cleaners serving Everett, WA should attempt to mix these chemicals. The mixtures require exact quantities and not mixing these ratios correctly can cause damage to the property it  is applied to.

Choosing a Local Company

Choosing a local company can benefit your community by keep revenue in the area. We are proud to serve Everett, Washington with its roof cleaning needs. Our company is locally based and has served Western Washington since 2008. In that time we have performed over 60 roof cleanings in Everett. We are here to stay and look forward to many more years serving your community.

Algae Resistant Shingles: An effective way of moss and algae control.

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Many homeowners have had their roof fall victim to unsightly algae and moss . This is a common occurrence in areas that experience high levels of humidity. Aside from high humidity, algae can also be carried to your roof through airborne spores. Seattle is located in the national danger zone for roof moss and lichen. Fortunately, today’s homeowner has the option to choose algae resistant shingles, also known as AR shingles, to avoid this problem.


The History of Algae Resistant Shingles

Algae resistant shingles date back to the 1980’s when roofing materials were produced that contained alternative kinds of mineral granules, such as:

  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Galvanized Metal Powder

When AR shingles were first produced in the 1980’s, they were considered to be a premium option in roofing materials. By the 1990’s, algae resistance became a standard option and was available in most brands of shingles.

How Do Algae Resistant Shingles Work?

AR shingles work by using copper that is included in the roofing granules that make up the shingles. The copper is not noticeable to the eye; however, it will keep algae from being able to survive on the surface of your roof. The copper or zinc materials found in AR roofing materials also respond to rain which activate the algae fighting action. Moisture generally works to help promote the growth of algae, but with these special shingles, it helps to further protect the roof.

AR shingles tend to be more expensive initially, but when considering the cost of having to have the algae removed from your roof on a yearly basis, they are well worth the initial investment and will help to protect your roof for many years to come.

How Effective Are Algae Resistant Shingles?

Some brands of algae resistant shingles can help keep your roof free from unwanted moss and algae for up to 20 years. Products containing copper have been reported to be ten times more effective than zinc at keeping algae at bay. The copper is generally time released and will work to resist algae and moss build-up over a long period of time.

It is also important to note that adding some type of copper ridge or hip shingle containing copper will not work on an existing roof system that already has live algae or moss present. It will not kill the algae, but rather works to provide resistance to it before it starts.

No one wants to think of fungus taking over their roof, causing damage as well as ugly staining. In choosing algae resistant products when replacing a roof, you may be spending more money upfront, but for the protection and peace of mind that comes with it, it’s worth it.

How to Repair a Leak in a Gutter

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Gutter leaks at seams are a common occurrence.  A gutter patch at the seam will stop a troublesome leak. Leaks in gutter can cause serious problems to the home by allowing water to get behind:

  • Siding
  • Drywall
  • Eaves

Here’s what you’ll need to patch your gutter:

  • Scissors
  • Henrys 208
  • 6 inch non adhesive mesh tape.
  • A flexible putty knife 2 inches thick

Step 1.

Clean All Debris out from the area being patched.

Step 2.

Using a rag, completely dry the area around the leak.

Step 3.

Apply Henrys 208, 6 inches past the leak on each side.

Step 4.

Use your scissors to cut the mesh tape so it fits in the gutter.

Step 5.

Gently press the mesh tape into the Henrys 208.

Step 6.

Using your flexible 2 inch putty knife, apply Henrys 208 to the mesh tape, completely covering it.

You have now repaired the leak at your gutter seams. This method is a long-lasting, quick way to patch leaky gutters. The asphalt covers the leak and the mesh tape stops the asphalt from splitting in hot or cold weather. Although this was not our invention, we have used it with great success, and we hope it works for you too!

shoes for walking on cedar roofs

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Shoes for Walking a Cedar Roof

Korkers are a good tool to add to any roof cleaners arsenal. They are shoes with spikes that grab ahold of extremely slippery cedar shakes. Cedar shakes are like ice when they are wet and its a GUARANTEE that a cleaner will be headed for a long fall without some measure of safety. I would venture to say that walking a cedar roof is nearly impossible even in dry conditions!

In the picture below the wearer of these shoes is walking a roof of  7/12 pitch with no problems. Although korkers are a necessity for safely cleaning cedar roofs they do not take the place of necessary safety devices for fall protection such as:

  • Lanyards
  • Safety harness
  • Roof hooks
  • Chicken ladders
  • Safety engineered rope

Moss on Roof

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What You Need to Know about Preventing Moss On Roof

Roofs that have a porous surface, such as wood and asphalt shingles, have a tendency to develop moss on roof. What can you do to prevent this happening to your roof? If you don’t want to replace the roof, you should clean the entire surface with gentle raking and then treat the roof with a chemical treatment  mixed correctly and done by a professional. This sort of care, performed regularly can work very well to remove moss on roof and prevent its return.

If your existing roof is of a material that can be painted, there are types of paint that have a metallic or mineral content that will help deal with the problem of moss on roof. Again, this is a solution that will have to be tended to regularly.

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Your roof has a tremendous amount of exposure and takes a beating from the elements day-in and day-out. Any maintenance measures or treatments used on your roof will need to be repeated at least annually and possibly two times a year, dependent on the shade and vegetation your home is surrounded by.

In the long run, the best thing to do to prevent moss on your roof is to start out with a roofing material that is moss resistant. Among moss resistant roofing materials are chemically treated shingles that are algae resistant and metal roofing, such as aluminum sheeting, galvanized steel and copper. In fact, metal roofing is so effective at preventing moss on roof, that the addition of metal strips to the peak of a non-metal roof will help kill off existing roof moss and prevent it from returning.

If you don’t like the idea of metal roofing, you can get specially treated roofing shingles of a variety of types that will help control moss problems. Shingles that are intended to deflect moss on roof are called AR Shingles. The acronym stands for “algae resistant”. This type of shingle material is treated with granules of copper or zinc to retard moss growth. When it comes time to replace your roof, be sure to look for materials with the AR designation to help keep the moss off your roof.

 

Seattle Gutter Cleaning

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Seattle Gutter Cleaning

Seattle gutter cleaning is a job that needs done at a minimum of one time per year. Homes that have trees that overhang them, should consider performing the chore, twice a year. Here are some serious reasons why a homeowner should consider cleaning their gutters:

  • Fascia Boards will rot if water overflows the gutters.
  • Water intrusion usually happens from problems starting at the gutter line.
  • Water intrusion can start with a pinpoint leak and make its way from the roof to the landscape.

For the amount of problems not having your gutters cleaned cause, the price of the service is very inexpensive. Costhelper lists the service at under $225 throughout the nation. The price for a Seattle gutter cleaning as listed by us is:

Size of Home*denotes: square feet Stories of Home Price Additional Charges* 2 or more stories
1500 SF 2 $110 +$40
2500 SF 2 $149 +$40
3000 SF 2 $199 +$40

Many homeowners don’t realize how important the chore is and postpone it. Damages can occur rapidly to a home, with overfilled gutters. Areas of the home affected are:

  • Drywall
  • Foundations
  • Siding
  • Landscape

Comparing the price of gutter cleaning to having any of the above repaired, we take a look at some cost comparisons provided by different sources:

Material Source URL Location Price
Drywall Homewyse link Low:                                   $71.50High:                                   $95.22
Foundation Concretenetwork link Low:                                      $250High:                                 $30,000
Siding Costowl link Low:                                      $300High:                                    $1000
Landscape EPA link Low:                                    $3001High:                                    $3249

* These are estimates. Prices may vary by length, damage, place and any number of variables.

Having any of the above repaired will be much more costly than the cost of a Seattle gutter cleaning. If you are outside of our area of service, the links below will give you a good idea of what other companies charge throughout the nation.

http://www.costowl.com/home-improvement/gutter-cleaning-cost.html

http://home.costhelper.com/gutter-cleaning.html

http://www.ehow.com/facts_7163833_average-gutter-cleaning-cost.html

We provide gutter cleaning services to the following areas:

Snohomish County:

Arlington, Bothell, Brier, Darrington, Edmonds, Everett, Gold Bar, Granite Falls, Index, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mulkilteo, Snohomish, Stanwood, Sultan, Woodway

King County:

Algona, Auburn, Beaux Arts Village, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bothell, Burien, Carnation, Clyde Hill, Covington, Des Moines, Duvall, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kent, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Maple Valley, Medina, Mercer Island, Milton, Newcastle,Normandy Park, North Bend, Pacific, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Seatac, Seattle, Shoreline, Skykomish, Tukwila, Woodinville, Yarrow Point

Pressure Washing Services Prices

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PRESSURE WASHING SERVICES PRICES

Pressure washing service is the process of using high volumes of water at 1200-4500 p.s.i to target deep down dirt and grime. The price of pressure washing services in Seattle, is usually determined by the material needing pressure washed, common materials requiring periodic power washing include:

  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Asphalt

The process is the first step in restoration of wood structures such as furniture, wood decks, concrete walkways and cedar roofs. Restoration of  these structures call for exact chemicals, certain degrees of pressure, the right fan tip and many more detailed items that complete the job list.

CHEMICALS USED IN PRESSURE WASHING

There are certain chemicals that most pressure washing companies use, below is a table with the chemical, its function and the material it’s commonly used on. The list is not a complete list but merely descriptive of what is standard in the power washing industry.

Chemical Function Material
Oxygen Bleach Draws dirt to it gently, used as a green material. wood
Citric Acid Brightens and restores natural hues. wood
Sodium Hypochlorite Removes top layers of grime, kills moss and lichen. asphalt , wood, concrete
Trisodium Phosphate AKA: TSP Removes paint stains and rust. asphalt,wood,concrete
Oxalic Acid Brightens remove rust stains. concrete structures

The prices for pressure washing services are determined by:

  • The square footage.
  • The material cleaned.
  • The amount of chemical used.
  • The hours to complete job.

The square footage and the hours are switched for the contractor to find a price for a certain job. Let’s take a look at some averages nationwide for power washing from costhelper,costowl, and powerwash.com:

Structure Cost Helper Costowl Powerwash.com
Deck Restorations Not listed $08-.40/SF washing only* 1.50-2.00/SF [square foot]
Gutter Cleaning 2500/SF $90-225 $150-300 $95/Average
Cedar Shakes Not listed Not listed $.60-90/SF
Concrete *with cold water 1200 SF/$100-400 Not listed .02/SF
Asphalt Roofing Not listed $.15-.30/SF Steep Pitch: $.20-35 Average Pitch:$.10-.35

Here are some links you might find helpful:

http://www.costowl.com/home-improvement/roof-cleaning-cost.html

http://home.costhelper.com/pressure-washing.html

http://www.powerwash.com/articles/power-washing-price-guide.html

http://www.costowl.com/home-improvement/gutter-cleaning-cost.html

We provide pressure washing services to the following areas: 

Bellevue, WA and surrounding

Everett, WA and surrounding

Issaquah, WA and surrounding

Kent, WA and surrounding

Kirkland, WA and surrounding

Renton, WA and surrounding

Seattle and all metropolitan areas.