Roof Cleaning- What to Expect


How do I know if my roof needs to be cleaned?

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”1848″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1843″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” onclick=”link_image”][vc_separator border_width=”5″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Do you see black streaks or stains on your roof?  That’s not dirt, it’s algae.  Gleocapsa Magma is a growth that attacks the limestone gravel coating of your shingles.  If left unchecked, it will gradually break down the bond between this coating and the shingle substrate.  This can significantly shorten the life if your roof.

Algae staining on your Michigan roof is also really ugly.  These stains can make an otherwise beautiful home look old, dingy and neglected.  You don’t have to suffer with an embarrassing roof.  Our non-pressure, detergent based cleaning method provides immediate, long-lasting results and comes with a guarantee.  It’s affordable too![/vc_column_text][vc_separator border_width=”5″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1842″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” onclick=”link_image”][vc_separator border_width=”5″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Many roofs in southeast Michigan are affected by moss growth.  It’s most commonly seen on homes with heavy shade and overhanging trees.

Moss is bad for your roof.  It’s aggressive roots will grow right into the surface of your shingles, breaking down their substrate.  You’ll need non-pressure detergent based treatment to safely and immediately terminate this harmful growth.

Moss is also ugly!  Green patches of gross spongy growth on your roof can really detract from your home’s curb appeal.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator border_width=”5″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1841″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” onclick=”link_image”][vc_separator border_width=”5″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Lichen is another common organic growth on Michigan roofs.  Lichen looks like a light green or gray blotch on you shingles.  It’s most commonly found on shady parts of Oakland County roofs and can spread rapidly.

Lichen is bad for your roof because it’s roots invade the shingle surface and promote growth of other types of organic culprits.  A non-pressure, detergent based roof cleaning approach is best for terminating and removing this destructive growth.

Lichen infestations can make your roof look blotchy and dirty.  It can affect the consistent, natural appearance of your home’s shingles, and detract from the attractive appearance of your home.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator border_width=”5″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1840″ img_size=”large” add_caption=”yes” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]After our non-pressure detergent based treatment of your roof, all organic growth will be completely terminated.  Moss and lichen will change in color from green to white, off-white, or sometimes light yellow.

If your roof has an infestation of these types of growths, it has probably taken years to get bad enough for you to notice.  After a through roof cleaning, you can expect several years of a nice, clean appearance before it’s time to have it cleaned again.  Duration between cleaning times may vary based on factors such as amount of shade and nearby tree cover.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

After my roof is cleaned, what should I expect?


Dark Stains Caused by Algae

If your roof is affected by dark streaks or stains caused by algae, these should disappear almost immediately after your roof cleaning service is performed.  You may see some mild discoloration here and there.  This is likely caused by the remnants of dead algae and/or a bit of the surfactant that we use in our detergent.  After a good rain or two this discoloration will disappear and your roof will look as good as new.

Moss and/or Lichen Growth

Moss and lichen will turn bright in color after our roof cleaning treatment.  This indicates that the growth has been thoroughly terminated.  The residue of these growths may hang on for awhile on your roof.   Please note that it may take anywhere from several weeks to a couple of months for the residue to disappear from your roof.  During this time, your roof may be a bit unsightly.  But rest assured, it will gradually improve and look as good as new in a few weeks.


What does my warranty cover?

Lake State Cleaning’s roof cleaning warranty is really simple.

If you’ve chosen our Ultimate Roof Cleaning package, then your service comes with a five year warranty.  The warranty covers the return of dark stains and streaks caused by algae.  Re-growth of moss and/or lichen, general dirt and debris, or other non-organic stains are excluded from the warranty.

If dark stains or streaks caused be Gleocapsa Magma algae return within five years of your service date, simply give us a call.  We will return to perform spot treatment as needed.  You’ll just need to provide your receipt in order to qualify for the warranty.


Wow!  I would love a quote for roof cleaning at my home.  How can I get some pricing?

That’s easy.  Just fill out our quick online estimate form below and we’ll get send you a quote right away.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_js]JTNDc2NyaXB0JTIwdHlwZSUzRCUyMnRleHQlMkZqYXZhc2NyaXB0JTIyJTIwc3JjJTNEJTIyJTJGJTJGYmlkcy5yZXNwb25zaWJpZC5jb20lMkZGb3JtJTJGZW1iZWQlMkZyYmViZTNiMzljNjE4MTViNTAzZDY3ODMyNGI1NTE2MWJiNWI5MWI5YmY5ZTg5ZWM2MzY1MmQ1YjEyYjZkNGU2MjcxJTIyJTNFJTNDJTJGc2NyaXB0JTNF[/vc_raw_js][/vc_column][/vc_row]