Frequently Asked Questions

The black streaks are a type of algae called ‘Gloeocapsa Magma’ or simply “Black Streaks”.

As this mold grows it feeds on the limestone filler on the outer base of the shingle causing the shingle granules to dislodge which in turn will cause the shingles to fail before they should.

That’s a tough question to answer due to many factors but in general a 30 year roof life can be shortened by up to 50% if not cleaned properly.

Cedar Shake roofs can be cleaned even when there is heavy moss growth. Please do not try this yourself. These shingles become very slippery when being cleaned. Hire a roof cleaning company that has done this type of roof before.

While there are many factors that go into the price of cleaning a roof, a good rule of thumb is that it will cost about 10% of what a shingle replacement job would cost.

The chemicals used by trained professionals can be applied to your home safely and without damage to the roof, house or surrounding vegetation. Make sure that whichever company that you use to clean your roof always has 1 person that does nothing but water the vegetation around the area being cleaned.

While an experienced pressure washer could remove the stains on your roof, they can also cause more damage than good. The granules on the shingles will be blown off by the use of a pressure washer. A professional Roof Cleaner will only use the methods that are approved by the shingle manufactures.

Most professional roof cleaners will provide you with a warranty for a couple years at a minimum. Some even offer a maintenance program that will help your shingles last for their whole stated life expectancy.

Is the siding of your home starting to show more and more green mold, your not alone. This wet spring and summer has been good for the growth of mold on siding all across West Michigan.

In the quest to keep your home’s exterior appearance looking its best are you winning the fight against mold – algae – dirt and grime, or maybe it has gotten so bad that you have given up the fight and are now thinking that the house is too far gone and you have to just bite the bullet and replace the roof and siding maybe even the deck. Or maybe you just hide inside the house all the time so that you never have to face your neighbors. Is the embarrassment of having the dirtiest house on the block finally getting to you, do you wish there was a way to get the cleanest house on the block so your neighbors will talk about someone else for a change?

What if there was a way to bring the luster back to your home and make it the talk of the neighborhood (in a good way) Wait, there is a way to do this and it’s called Roof Cleaner. We not only clean roofs, but siding, decks, walkways, driveways and out buildings as well. Our non pressure washing method is safe for your home and will leave it clean and fresh. So, now no matter where you live in Western Michigan you can once again feel good about the way your home looks to your neighbors.

Roof Cleaner not only cleans roofs with our state of art SoftWash system, we also use this 21st century technology to clean the siding as well. Never again do you have to take the chance of damage to the exterior of your home by using a pressure washer on it. Power washers are great for the cleaning of industrial equipment, but not for the siding on your home and NEVER EVER use them on the asphalt shingles on your roof.

When your home is need of a COMPLETE cleaning of the exterior, one call to Roof Cleaner can accomplish it in one stop, from the roof to the ground – we clean it.

What we clean;

  • Roof
  • Siding
  • Deck
  • Sidewalk
  • Driveway
  • Fence
  • Windows
  • Patio

Roof Cleaner has provided exterior non pressure cleaning to hundreds and hundreds of homes all across Michigan; we also go as far north as Traverse City and down to the Indiana state line, west to Lake Michigan and east to Lansing, MI.

We are a certified roof cleaning company thru the UAMCC. We are a Verified Elite company thru the Exterior Cleaning Contractors. We are one of the few qualified exterior cleaning companies in the state thru the Michigan Exterior Cleaning Network. We are a GOLD member of Thumbtack.

All this adds up to you the customer getting a company that has proven we know how to safely clean the exterior of your home. Just because we have the most training, knowledge and certifications of any exterior SoftWash Company in the state does not mean we are the most expensive, our rates are very competitive with our competitor’s.

Take the first step in bringing the luster back to your home, call Roof Cleaner for your FREE quote and see just how affordable having a home you can be proud of really is.

Keep a clean entryway to bring customers in and keep them coming back.

Even if you have great customer service and competitive prices it may not be enough to keep your customers or attract new ones if the exterior keeps them from returning or even stepping a foot in the building to start with.  Customers will judge your business on how the entryway looks, this is the first impression you get to make to a potential customer.

Looks Count

Shopping is like buying a house, said Rick Segel, a retail and marketing expert who wrote Retail Business Kit for Dummies. “If [a store] doesn’t have curb appeal, a potential customer isn’t going to go in.”

Based solely on the appearance from the street, more than two-thirds of consumers decided not to visit a business, according to a 2011 survey by Morpace, a market research and consulting firm. Other findings from this survey include:

  • 95% said stores’ external appearance influences their decisions about where to shop.
  • 52% said they avoided a store because of a dirty appearance from outside.
  • 39% said they won’t enter a store that doesn’t “look like a place I would normally shop.”

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Tips for creating and keeping a clean and inviting exterior:

Taking your store’s appearance for granted will turn customers away. Look at how other stores in your area are kept clean or not kept clean, notice the difference?

  • Make sure all external signage is clear, modern and compelling.
  • Ensure all exterior signage lighting is working so your store name is clearly visible from the street.
  • Remove all trash from the exterior of the building and sidewalks.
  • Clean the parking lot.
  • Clean windows and remove any outdated information posted in windows, entryway, on bulletin boards, etc.
  • Sweep and clean the entry.  Remove gum spots
  • Make sure the store entry is uncluttered.
  • Clean the sidewalk outside of your business. On top of cleaning your windows, you also want to do a good job cleaning the sidewalk, or asphalt, outside of your business. Ideally, you want to hire a company like Roof Cleaner to keep your sidewalk or parking lot looking beautiful. If you want to keep your retail store clean, you’ll also want to keep the exterior clean, too.

The front entryway appearance is what will give a potential customer their first impression about your business; make sure that first impression is a good one. Here at Roof Cleaner we provide pressure washing services that will have your customers commenting on how nice your business looks. Our sidewalk cleaning will keep your entryway clean and gum free, your drive thru free of oil and grease stains and your buildings free of mold, mildew, dirt and grime.

Grand Rapids Pressure Washing 616-240-3465