NJ Professional Roof Cleaning
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Professional Roof Soft Washing For New Jersey Homes and Businesses
ROOF CLEANING IS NOT A “PRESSURE WASHING” JOB! We do not use pressure washers to clean roofs. There is no aggressive scrubbing or power washing involved in cleaning a roof. We strictly follow all roof manufacturers cleaning instructions and use the recommended detergents approved by Timberline™ GAF. Our detergents are safe, biodegradable and effective. We are an Angie’s List company with an A+ Grade. We are a Licensed NJ State Home Improvement Contractor. We are insured with workers compensation for every employee and general liability insured. Roof cleaning can be dangerous. Cover your bases and always verify your dealing with a legitimate company. Don’t just take “Yes” for an answer. Always ask to see general liability, workers compensation, and NJ State Home Improvement license #.
Roof Cleaning: What’s Eating Your Roof?
Thompson Roof Cleaning and Power Washing LLC is located in Woodbridge NJ. We have 20 years worth of exterior cleaning experience for central and northern NJ. We will provide all of our roof cleaning knowledge to help you in your project. Your roof is most likely the most expensive part of your house. Find comfort in hiring a professional roof cleaner that specializes in this delicate process. Black stains, algae, moss and lichen can easily be cleaned from your roof without using a pressure washer. We use a proprietary foaming detergent that is approved by all major roof shingle manufacturers. We can provide a quote over the phone for most cleaning projects. Pricing starts at $399 and up for roof cleaning and $299 and up for siding soft-wash.
Please don’t ever let anyone pressure wash your roof. The pressure of the water can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the shingles leading to premature replacement of your roof, not to mention jeopardizing the warranty on your roof shingle! And power washing doesn’t even solve the problem. Black stains, moss, lichen and algae all develop a root system into the shingle. If you don’t eliminate the problem at the root level than your relief will be temporary. That is why power washing or plant friendly products do not work. You need to have a detergent with the proper ph that can dissolve the black staining and kill the moss and lichen. Black staining on a roof is actually a cyanobacteria called Gleocapsa Magma. Our approach to cleaning a roofing shingle is comparable to treating a weed in a sidewalk. A good weed killer goes a long way to permanently eliminate the problem. We are so confident your roof will remain clean we offer a 5 Year Spot-Free Warranty with every full roof treatment.
Be the Envy of Your Neighbors! Every Full Roof Treatment is Backed by Our 5 Year Spot-Free Warranty!
That is correct. Each full roof treatment is covered for 5 years against all organic staining such as mold, algae and moss. We can apply a safe biodegradable detergent and treat the stain at the root to eliminate the problem completely. We use small 12 volts pumps that deliver the detergent to the roofing shingle. The pressure is less than what comes from an average garden hose (45 psi). We try to avoid walking on the roof if possible. Cedar and slate roofs are never walked on. Asphalt shingle can be walked if it’s safe. Check out this roof cleaning article written by Angie Hicks, owner of Angie’s List. Roof Cleaning Article.
Our detergent is derived from salt. That’s how it starts and that’s how it ends. There is no possibility of our detergent having an adverse effect to the shingle. Therefore we do not rinse the applied detergent. The first rain will be the first complete rinsing of the roof. At the time of the first rain what will rinse from the roof will be a soapy saltwater with dead and dissolved bacteria and algae. When applied properly this detergent will have no effect on any surrounding landscape.
Our product contains a small amount of bleach to give the proper ph and sterilize the roof. “Bleach” and “sodium hypochlorite” have the same meaning. The local municipalities buy large quantities of sodium hypochlorite to use at the water treatment plants to sterilize our drinking water. It is also the same product used in swimming pools. Many call it “pool shock”. It’s all sodium hypochlorite. The strengths may vary.
Immediately after treatment any black staining that was on the roof will have dissolved. Much of it will eventually be washed down the gutter system. It will have no adverse effect on surrounding landscape. Moss and lichens do not come off right away. We are not scrubbing or power washing the roof. We are applying a treatment that kills moss and lichen. It will dry out and decompose. These 2 growths develop a root system into the roofing shingle. It’s wise not to forcibly remove moss and lichen. Scrubbing or pressure washing the moss will give you instant results at the expense of releasing a lot of the roofing granules. Our treatment will kill moss and lichen within 5 minutes of treatment. It will die, dry out, decompose and wash away little by little with rain. It will not clog the gutters. It just doesn’t come down that fast.
We never pressure clean a roof and we recommend that you don’t ever let anyone pressure wash your roof! Look at the picture below and see how our foaming action starts working immediately on black roof stains. These stains are a form of roof eating algae. The food source is the limestone filler in the roofing shingle.
Our Soft-Wash for roofs and moss removal is the safest method to clean roofing shingles. But don’t just take our word. Check out our Essex County video for a sneak at some of our happy customers!
Soft-Wash | New Technology Exterior Cleaning
This soft-wash process can be used on all surfaces including stucco, vinyl, cedar, and even painted surfaces. Our pumps and machines are all calibrated to deliver high volumes of water at low-pressure. We have the right cleaning products to counter mold, dirt, grime, bird droppings, egg, black gutter stripes, and more. Every surface is pretreated to permanently kill mold before any soft washing or rinsing begins. This process of pretreat fully sterilizes the area and allows it to stay clean 4-6 times longer than traditional high pressure washing.
NJ Soft-Wash Video
Roofs with moss, algae, mold, lichen, and black stains will retain more moisture and cannot reflect the sunlight. As a result, this creates higher temperatures in your attic increasing cooling costs in the summer. Additionally, these living organisms are literally eating away at your roof. We consider these type of problems to be “pest control” issues and we treat them accordingly. Since we do not pressure wash roofs the desired results are not always instant. Moss can develop a root system into the shingle, just like a plant. Some moss may remove easily, but some may be firmly attached. If the moss is pulled off, the roofing granules may always remove with the moss and leave scars on the shingle. After our proprietary disinfecting detergent is applied to the moss it will die off immediately. It will decompose and the root system will release on its own. Then Mother Nature takes over and the moss will come off with each rain. The average time is 60-90 days before all of the moss is removed, depending on temperatures and how much rain is applied. Roof moss removal in New Jersey is partially responsible for many unnecessary roof replacements.
Slate roof are never walked. We treat all slate roofs from the gutter line to prevent any loose tiles from dislodging. Black staining on a slate roof dissolves instantly and is then washed away at the first rain. Any solid items like moss or lichens will decompose and wash away over time, usually within 90 days of treatment. If you’re looking for instant gratification, a non-pressure treatment may not be for you. Our method is the least aggressive way to clean a slate roof. The lesser the aggression of the cleaning method, the slower the process. With a more aggressive cleaning like scrubbing or pressure washing you can achieve more instantaneous results, but be prepared to dig a little deeper for the cost. Aggressive methods are dangerous and require more intense physical labor.
Cedar roofs are in a class of their own. A cedar roof is designed to last 40-50 years. Mold and algae can soften cedar and cause premature decay. Cleaning a cedar roof really pays in the long run. Though certain after-market stains and cedar roof sealers look nice, they are not mandatory. Applying stains and sealers on cedar shingles can actually trap moisture. Cedar roofs are designed to breathe freely. When a cedar shingle start to fester mold, moss, and/or lichen the shingle will start to retain moisture. This extra moisture retention will allow the mold and moss to grow exponentially faster, This is the reason why roof growth can explode within a 2 year period. You may see signs of it at one point then find a full blown epidemic by the next season.
Cedar roofs are very gratifying to clean. Results are instant and dramatic. The only drawback is that cedar roofs can not be navigated. You cannot walk on a cedar roof.
Never should roof shingles be power washed. Water pressure can dislodge large amounts of roofing granules and shorten the life of the roof. Water alone will not kill the organisms that cause roof stains. The manufacturer suggests chemically cleaning asphalt shingles. Maybe you’ve noticed those tiny little particles of grit in your gutters. Those are particles that may have washed after a hard rain. So, just imagine what would happen if you let someone pressure wash your roof! We at Thompson Roof Cleaning & Powerwashing follow strict guidelines for all roof cleaning procedures.
Thompson Roof Cleaning Procedure – Manufacturer Approved!
Our treatment of a roof includes the use a foaming anti-microbial roof cleaning detergent which contains both an algaecide and fungicide. Application of the foam uses a pressure not greater than 65 psi. This is the equivalent to the pressure of most garden hoses. We guarantee a 100% kill ratio of roof growths including moss, algae, mold and gleocapsa magma (this is the strand that creates those ugly black stains on asphalt roofing shingles).
When comparing the expense of premature roof replacement along with the increased electricity bills to the cost of treating your roof, you will quickly see instead of it costing you to treat your roof, you’re actually GETTING PAID TO TREAT YOUR ROOF!
THOMPSON’S PROVIDES A SUPERIOR, PROFESSIONAL ROOF CLEANING SERVICE!
We make every effort possible to not step on your roof. Every possible attempt is made to treat and clean all roofs from the gutter line so as not to cause any damage to your roof.
We have one person who works on the ground on every job is there to keep your landscaping and surrounding areas thoroughly watered to ensure all areas within the vicinity are unaffected should any overspray occur. Any runoff from the gutters is bagged.
All of the cleaning products that we use are considered to be quickly biodegradable and harmless after the roof has dried.
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We are a fully licensed and insurance company and welcome any requests for proof of coverage for both our liability insurance as well as our workers compensation insurance.
We take our work seriously and each job, big or small, is treated with the same professional service and respect. We will explain our recommendations and what we see as the most effective and affordable solution for the customer. We also send out our Customer Care Rep to examine every job and make sure it has been completed to your satisfaction.
We are proud to include our 5 Year Spot Free Warranty with each roof cleaning job. This warranty is standard and is fully explained on your invoice.
We have been professionally cleaning roofs and powerwashing homes and businesses throughout the state of New Jersey since 1996. Exterior house washing is our business and you can rest assured knowing that we’ll be here year after year should you need us.
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