The tiny organisms that grow on the roofs and walls of houses can be moss, algae, lichen, mildew or mold (two terms often used interchangeably). All can create greenish blotches on siding. From a distance they can look alike, especially to a casual observer. To a professional eye, they are strikingly different. All four kinds are most likely to become established on damp surfaces, because they need moisture to thrive. The abundance of rain can help explain why you are seeing this growth for the first time.
With the arrival of spring, allergen levels begin to elevate. Individuals living in homes where mold is present, may experience coughing, swelling of the throat, and wheezing. While anyone who has been exposed to mold can experience these problems, those with allergies or asthma are most at risk. Breathing in contaminated air when you are already hypersensitive, can result in serious lung infections and chronic illnesses. Mold growth can also cause other uncomfortable symptoms, such as irritability, lethargy, difficulty breathing or sleeping, and rashes. Those with allergies or asthma often find that their symptoms have grown worse since the mold has developed.
Discoloration is often found on the side of the house that doesn’t get much sun due to moisture from wet weather. However, black staining also can be a result of soot. Black stains, particularly at homes near industrial areas, are susceptible where wood-fired or oil-fired chimneys are in use. Yellow stains on siding are commonly caused by deteriorating insulation or sheathing behind the siding. Water streaks or stains that are the same color as your siding are caused by gutter problems. If the gutters on your home haven’t been inspected lately or are old, they could be out of alignment and causing rainwater to flow behind them or onto the siding.
Many Homeowner’s Associations (HOAs) require that any mold that appears on the roof or outside of a home be removed. Insurance companies are aware that many types of mold can cause significant damage to the home, requiring extensive repairs in order to bring the home back to its original condition. Many people think their home is just dirty and may be unaware that what appears to be dirt may actually be mold, your kids may be picking it up on their shoes and carrying it into the home or getting it on their hands and wiping their faces, breathing in the spores.
Allowing mold to continue to grow under your siding can have a number of consequences. First, it can have a major impact on your home’s structure and integrity. Mold feeds on organic materials, such as wood, paper, and certain types of glue. Over time, mold will literally eat away at materials like drywall, wood studs, and floorboards, causing them to rot. If left unchecked, floors, ceilings, and even walls that have been impacted by mold can actually collapse, creating a major safety hazard for those living in the home.
First and foremost, power washing is smart preventative maintenance for all exterior surfaces and can prevent costly repairs to your property. Furthermore, power washing is one of the least expensive cleaning tools for large surfaces such as your home's exterior. As well as roofs, gutters, siding, decks, and the surrounding areas.
Winter grime can cause serious damage and stains to your home and exterior surfaces if not properly taken care of and removed in the spring. Letting stains and grime sit on your home for long periods can result in permanent damage. Power washing can remove this grime quickly and easily with little impact on the environment.
With the arrival of spring, allergen levels begin to elevate. Homeowners can reduce the level of allergens in and around their home by pressure washing the exterior of their home. This will help lower allergen levels and can help you and your family live a bit more peacefully this spring without coughing, sneezing and watery eyes.
Pressure washing is the perfect way to prepare surfaces for paint or refinishing. Whether you are thinking about re-staining your deck, painting your home, or refinishing your pool, pressure washing will prepare the surface better than any other cleaning process or solution. While there are many benefits to power washing your property, some worth noting are: increased property value, eliminating mold and mildew, and promoting the appearance of your property.
Water and wood changes in moisture content make wood move across its grain. When wood gets wet, it swells. When it dries, it shrinks. That movement, shrinking in particular, can result in cracks and discolor wood. Wood needs protection from the sun, mold growth in shady spots, and ground-in dirt from foot traffic. Most decks start to look old within a few years. Reversing the damage, deck power washing, Seal and Stain, will get rid of mold, mildew, and any dirt or stains embedded in wood fibers. We specialize in Power Washing, Staining and Sealing exterior decks.
A home is the single largest investment you will make in your lifetime, so why not get the most out of it? A house ages just like a human being, and as it ages, dirt accumulates around it, A healthier outdoor environment shows natural beauty at its best, giving an impression of healthy and luxurious living. Indeed, one feels that the entire family is protected from contaminants that make life miserable. It is also easy to slip and fall when you are in a dirty and disorderly environment.
No, you do not need to be home while we perform our pressure washing services. However, be sure to close all your windows and have the areas we will be working in clear of all decorations that may be damaged by water or high pressure.
The black stains or streaks on your roof are Gloeocapsa Magma Algae, which is often called Roof Algae. Roof Algae is most prevalent on north facing and shaded roof slopes. Most roof stains are caused by the growth of algae, lichen colonies or moss that feed on organic matter frequently found on roof surfaces. The portions of a roof that receive the least amount of sunlight are more likely to have roof stains. Left untreated, those streaks will literally eat away at shingles until the only remaining option is to replace the roof.
Soft Washing is a cleaning process that uses chemical resistant pumps to apply sodium hypochlorite at low pressure to clean organic stains. Soft Washing is the best method for removing moss, lichen, algae, mold, and mildew for soft surfaces such as rooftops. Pressure washers can damage roof surfaces and void their warranties.
If water is not able to properly flow away from your house, then damage can result in a number of different locations, from your roofing to your foundation. There are number of reasons to make sure that your gutters get cleaned out.
Roof damage: Roof damage occurs when leaves and other debris clog up your gutters to the point that water is flooding over.
Damage to fascia: The fascia is the board that runs right behind your gutter. Overflowing water can damage this important component of your gutter system.
Cracks in the foundation: If water overflows and pools along your home's foundation, it can end up freezing, which can cause it to expand and generate cracks in your foundation.
Damage to brackets: Clogged gutters are holding too much weight, which can result in damage to the brackets which hold them up.
Over watering garden beds: If your gutters become clogged to the point that water is spilling over the side and into your garden beds, you can damage your plants by essentially drowning them. Over watering can be as harmful as not watering enough.
When your pavement cracks, it will allow for dirt and debris to fall between the cracks. This does two things: It allows weeds to grow, which is unsightly. Secondly, it usually makes the crack spread faster, thereby damaging your property. By power washing your driveway or concrete areas, you can prevent weeds from growing and the cracks from getting bigger. That is important because huge cracks will often be necessary to repair, and will often necessitate the replacement of part or all of the pavement. That is expensive. It can be properly maintained and avoided by power washing your sidewalks and driveways. You will be doing more than keeping your establishment looking good, you will potentially be protecting yourself from potential slip and fall lawsuits, the most common personal injury lawsuits in the United States.
Properly cleaning and maintaining your brick or paving stone driveway, walkway or patio
It sure looks beautiful but are you ready for the maintenance?
A brick or paving stone driveway, walkway or patio looks beautiful the first few years after its installation but if it is not maintained and cleaned regularly then it can quickly start to look like an ancient overgrown road with moss and algae on the pavers themselves and weeds and other organics growing up in between them.
The good news is that paving stone driveways and patios can be restored to their former glory, the bad news is there is quite a bit of labor and additional cost involved if you want to do this properly.
Yes. We have liability and personal property damage insurance coverage in case damage is done to your property or to our equipment. This protects both us and our customers in the event anything happens so there are no unexpected costs to either party.
All of our employees are subject to a background check and vetted and approved by our management.
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We have many years of experience and are certified, trained professionals in our field. Our many happy clients will attest to a job well done!
When we use the term "sealers" we are referring to a semi-transparent product designed to give your deck a warm, natural appearance. Sealers allow the natural grain of the wood to show through the color. When sealing the wood, weathering, shade lines, sun exposure and wood structure greatly affect the color and evenness of the floor. We recommend using Total Wood Preservative (TWP) deck sealer. TWP is a synthetic oil-based sealer that offers long wear in the coldest weather. Solid base stains, on the other hand, are similar to paints and completely cover the wood surface. We only recommend using stains on the vertical surfaces of your deck. When stains are used on horizontal surfaces, like the floor of a deck, cracking and peeling usually occur within one year. A popular look for decks today involves using stain on the railings and a sealer on the floor. The stain is usually tinted to match the trim of your house. We call this a two-tone deck.
To ensure the absolute best protection and the best appearance for your deck, it should be maintained on a yearly basis. Decks take a tremendous beating from the weather and will deteriorate rapidly without proper care. We recommend a yearly powerwash and the application of another coat of sealer to keep your deck at its best. When wood has been weathered, it will have to be restored before it may be sealed. In our process, we first apply an environmentally safe cleaning chemical, then powerwash the deck. This removes all the gray discoloration caused by damaged wood fibers and restores the wood to almost its natural color. Our powerwashers are custom-designed for our company. They are low pressure and will not damage the wood surface. All decks, including new ones, should be cleaned before they are sealed. Once the deck has been powerwashed, we then apply a wood brightener to neutralize the cleaner and further restore the wood's natural color.
Most sealers will protect your deck for 18 months to two years on the horizontal surfaces and three to four years on all vertical surfaces depending on use and weather exposure. Please ask us about the life expectancy of any particular brand.
When wood has been weathered, it will have to be restored before it may be sealed. In our process, we first apply an environmentally safe cleaning chemical, then powerwash the deck. This removes all the gray discoloration caused by damaged wood fibers and restores the wood to almost its natural color. We use low pressure and will not damage the wood surface. All decks, including new ones, should be cleaned before they are sealed. Once the deck has been powerwashed, we then apply a wood brightener to neutralize the cleaner and further restore the wood's natural color.
Most sealers need a minimum of 4-8 hours to dry, although this can vary depending on the weather and the condition of your deck. If it rains soon after we apply the sealer, look for water spots. These are lighter discolorations on the wood similar to water marks left on fine furniture. If your deck has water spots, please contact us immediately to have the sealer re-applied.
Wood stain, transparent to semi-solid in opacity, partially fills the pores of wood, forming a thin film over the deck that lets both the natural grain pattern and superficial cracks in the wood show through—ideal if you like a natural look. Paint, with its high percentage of pigments and resins, fully fills the pores of the wood and dries to an opaque surface that hides cracks and covers the distinct wood grain, resulting in a more refined, though more manufactured, look. If you aim to disguise imperfections yet still retain a rustic appearance, a solid wood stain, which is highly pigmented and virtually opaque, is a good choice. Stain is the best choice for decks because it dramatically enhances and preserves the natural beauty of the raw wood as well as the wood texture. The beauty of a stain finish lies in its ability to accent the texture of the wood. Depending on which type of stain you choose, you may impart a definite color to the wood or merely tint it lightly, allowing much of its natural coloring to show through.
Value Power Washing
Serving: Florida 407-714-2400 and N.Y. Rockland
We Power Wash Exteriors of Homes as well as the following:
Vinyl Siding, Stucco, Brick, Stone, Roofing, Gutters, Windows, Decks, Fencing, Driveways, Walkways, Pools, Gas Stations.
We remove Stains, Mildew Growth, Moss, Mold, Pollutants, and Green Fungus.
Commercial Properties: Windows, Gutters, Roofing, Walkways and Entryways, Foyers.
We also offer Fleet Washing - Fleet Washing on a regular basis is important maintenance for your vehicles.
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