Apr 08
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Roof Cleaning 101: Why You Might Not Need a New Roof

New roofs are flat out expensive. A new roof in Auburn, AL and Opelika, AL is anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. If you roof is stained or growing moss, you may THINK that you need a new roof. The truth is: a new roof is only needed when there is structural damage, when shingles lose their granules, and when there are lots of cracks and damage to your shingles.

If you simply have discoloration, stains, moss, and algae, your roof can be professionally cleaned for a fraction of the price of a new roof. Our average roof cleaning is around $600 – a far cry from the price of a new roof.

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The Key to a Successful Roof Cleaning: Low Pressure & Precaution

Roof cleaning is NOT pressure washing. Our roof cleaning process uses the same amount of pressure as your average garden hose, ensuring that there is no risk of damaging your roof. We simply spray our solution on you roof, let it work its magic, and rinse it off. Our solution is the industry standard: bleach, water, and a soap. A low pressure application of this solution is the only recommended method of cleaning roofs according to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).

It’s not as easy as it sounds, though. There is a lot of work that goes into a roof cleaning to ensure that your landscaping isn’t damaged. We take all precautions necessary. We pre-wet all nearby plants, bag gutters, and post-wet all nearby plants to ensure that our solution doesn’t do any damage to your vegetation.

The “New-Roof” Pandemic in Auburn, AL & Opelika, AL

Because roof cleaning is not extremely well known in Auburn/Opelika, many home owners are completely oblivious of the option. Instead, our (unlimited supply of) contractors keep pushing for new roofs when a simple roof cleaning would have done the trick. They make way more money on a new roof, so why would they recommend a roof cleaning anyway? It’s a sad problem, but it’s a real problem.

Let us come out to see your roof before calling a contractor for a quote. We’ll be honest: if we can’t clean your roof, we’ll tell you that you’ll need a new on. However, the odds are good that we’ll be able to make your roof look new again. You probably don’t realize that the true color of your roof is completely different than what is visible after 5+ years of nature.

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The Major Benefits of Roof Cleaning

There are two main benefits of a roof washing: improving curb appeal and extending the life of your roof.

Curb Appeal: If you want your house to truly shine, a roof cleaning may be necessary. The black stains (called Gloeocapsa magma) are unsightly, and the true color of your roof starts to fade over the years.

When selling your home, you know competitive the real estate markets are in Auburn, AL and Opelika, AL. If you want to stand out, a roof cleaning is a great place to start. Once you have an eye for it, you’ll be shocked at home many homes on the market could use a good roof cleaning.

Extended the Life of Your Roof: Considering that your roof may be the most costly repair that you ever deal with, there is a lot of value in delaying that cost. A proper roof cleaning can easily extend the life of your roof by 5+ years. By removing and more importantly killing the future growth of moss and algae, your roof shingles will stay clean and keep their color longer.



Would you like us to check out your roof to see if  a roof cleaning is all that is needed? Or would you like a quote for your roof cleaning? Don’t hesitate to reach out! We service the Auburn, Opelika, and Lake Martin areas. Fill out the form below to request an in-person quote, or give us a call at (334) 377-9966 if you’d prefer.

About The Author

Marshall Brown is the owner of The Clear Difference, an exterior cleaning company that services Auburn and Opelika, Alabama. His company specializes in window cleaning, low-pressure roof cleaning, house washing, pressure washing, gutter cleaning, and gutter guard installation. He's an Auburn University graduate that simply didn't want to leave. He loves getting to know his customers and expanding his business.
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