Seven Questions Homeowners must ask Roof Cleaning Services:
1) The first question that cautious property owners ask a roof cleaning service is, "do you have Workers Compensation Insurance."
The internet is full of roof cleaning or roof pressure washing searches, including how much roof cleaning costs, soft wash cost, low-pressure roof cleaning, roof washing prices, roof cleaning services, roof cleaning prices, roof washing cost, roof shampoo services, pressure washing services, soft washing services, home advisors roof cleaners, 5-star roof cleaners, and on and on and on. However, what is not listed or what needs to be listed is the most important aspect of roof cleaning: roof cleaning is dangerous!
Regardless of a roof cleaner's experience or reviews, a roof cleaner can be seriously injured or killed performing roof cleaning services.
America's Most Dangerous Jobs lists a Roofer in its Top Ten Most Dangerous Jobs. Since most homeowners have neglected their roofs, a roof cleaner could be the most dangerous job, especially when adding water and chemicals to algae, mold, moss, and lichen-infested roofs.
2) The second question knowledgeable property owners ask a roof cleaning service is, in addition to Workers Compensation Insurance, "do you have General Liability Insurance."
Before any work begins on the Federal Government, State Government, City Government, and Commercial Companies' properties, they require a company to be licensed by the State. Also, a company must have Workers Compensation Insurance, General Liability Insurance, Employer's Liability Insurance, and Commercial Insurance. Therefore, like government agencies and businesses, homeowners are not immune from lawsuits either. In addition, homeowners' insurance does not cover all contractor's accidents or mistakes. So before the roof cleaning service begins, verify that the contractor has general liability and workers compensation insurance.
3) The third question awake property owners ask a roof cleaning service is, "are you fully licensed by the State."
A City Business License is not a State Contractor's License. In addition, Home Advisor, Angie, and Google Review Stars are not State contractors' licenses. Anyone, including criminals, can purchase a City Business License, Google Reviews, Home Advisor, and Angie badges. A State Contractor's License requires passing a test and criminal history.
NOTICE: Always ask to see the state license, workers compensation insurance, general liability insurance, and multiple before and after pictures with addresses before agreeing to any work performed on the property.
4) The fourth question that informed property owners ask a roof cleaning service is, "does your roof cleaning service require water pressure or chemical pressure to remove algae, mold, moss, and lichen infestation from my roof."
Although search engines ignorantly categorize roof cleaning with pressure washing services, DO NOT PRESSURE WASH ROOF SHINGLES.
Roof algae, mold, moss, and lichen can decrease a roof's life. Also, incorrectly cleaning a roof can decrease the lifespan of roof shingles. Unfortunately, most property owners call concerning their roof algae, mold, moss, and lichen problems long after the infestation has heavily infested most of their roofs. At this stage of growth, if the roof infestation is removed or cleaned incorrectly, the process can rapidly decrease the remaining life of the roof shingles.
Roof pressure washing services use terms such as "gentle as rain," "shingle safe," "approved for roof shingles," "soft washing," and "low-pressure" to describe their roof cleaning methods. These roof cleaning methods merely consist of lowering and raising pressure to wash or remove visible stains from the roof. The rooted growth of algae, mold, moss, and lichen is between the roof shingle granules. Removing the visible stains with pressure can rip or pull up the rooted algae, mold, moss, lichen, and shingle granules. Pressure washing has its place; however, it is not on a roof.
The best roof cleaning treatments for asphalt and PVC membrane roofs are 100% Zero Pressure Roof Cleaning Chemical (NO household bleach or soap) Treatments. Today's FRAGILE exterior building materials such as roof shingles, PVC roof membrane, vinyl, Dryvit, stucco, and EIFS require Zero Pressure Cleaning to preserve their longevity.
5) The fifth question awake property owners ask a roof cleaning service is, "how long have you been in the roof cleaning business (not the franchise you purchased)." A roof cleaning service that has been in business for a while (5 years or more) means that there is a significant chance that if they offer a re-treatment warranty, they are more likely to be in business to honor it rather than a "fly-by-night" roof cleaner.
A few signs of a "fly-by-night" roof cleaner are; no state license, no workers compensation insurance, no BBB accreditation, one-price fits all online quotes, bait-and-switch prices, bait-and-switch ads, "I can beat anybody's price," "we do what they do, we are just cheaper." When a homeowner asks about State license and insurance, they mention that we do not have to be State licensed and fully insured, or they change the subjects to 5-star reviews, fair price, bleach, environment friendly, low-pressure, soft washing, #1, top, on and on and on.
6) The sixth question cautious property owners ask a roof cleaning service is, "does your roof cleaning service require you to walk on my roof." Unfortunately, since most property owners have neglected their roofs, attempting to walk on property owners' algae, mold, moss, and lichen-infested roofs can be highly hazardous and costly.
7) The seventh question environmental concern property owners ask a roof cleaning service is, "do you capture and contain the roof cleaning waste to protect the storm drains and the environment." No matter which product or products a roof cleaning company uses, the roof cleaning runoff (waste) should be captured, contained, and removed from the property during the cleaning process.
SUMMARY: Roof cleaning can save money. However, reckless roof cleaning can be highly costly for the property owner. The above roof cleaning questions and answers eliminate the excuse of "nobody told me!"
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