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New Jersey Cedar Roof Cleaning
Cedar roofs are in a class of their own. I remember as a child traveling the New Jersey shore and noticing the warm rustic look of the beach front homes all with cedar roofs and cedar sidings. Costing almost twice the amount of other roofs, cedar will also outlive other roofs 2 fold. When it comes to maintaining a cedar roof it’s difficult to get a straight answer of the correct method. The installer may have a different answer than the distributer who may have a different answer than the manufacturer. We have a proven method using years of research through working closely with all entities of the cedar shingle and have developed a safe and effective cleaning system. Our safe non-pressure cleaning system will completely remove all mod, algae and moss from your cedar roof without using a pressure washer. In most cases we never have to step foot on the roof for this process. Our system was developed using over 20 years of research of wood preserving and wood restoration. We networked the country working with the best wood and cedar specialists searching the best methods to clean homes with cedar roofs, sidings and decking. We use natural biodegradable detergents the will sanitize the cedar roof shingle of all mold and mildew. Would you believe the main effective ingredient can also be found in Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo?
All roofs will show signs of moss and mold primarily on the northern exposures or areas with less sunlight. Trees contribute to moss, mold, and lichens by providing shade which allows these parts of the roofs to retain more moisture. Moss and mold spores travel by air. When they land on a roof they do not choose where to land. The stains you see are not isolated. Moss and mold spores are on every inch of the roofing space but they grow faster where the sun doesn’t shine. When treating cedar roofs for mold it is best to treat the entire area to insure full sterilization of the cedar roofing area. This process of “full sterilization” is the best preventative of the mold regenerating into full blown roof stains.
Cedar Roof Cleaning Process
Cedar Roof Cleaning is not a “power washing” job. You don’t have to be an expert to understand the soft nature of cedar shingles and why it should not be cleaned with pressurized water. Think of your roof as a petri dish. Remember growing cultures in high school? If you wanted to remove a growth from a petri dish and you left 1 or 2 cells behind it would eventually regenerate into a full blown growth.
This is the same concept for a cedar roof. We clean cedar roofs by applying a safe biodegradable detergent which has disinfecting properties. Just like using anti-microbial cleaners for a kitchen counters. If one were to clean a kitchen counter with just water they couldn’t be certain of complete sterilization. That’s why there are household cleaners, like Clorox Clean-Up, that are used to sterilized mold, mildew, and viruses.
Cedar Roof Moss Removal NJ
Moss is a common organism that can stain a cedar roof. The damage caused by moss is slow but absolute. Moss can develop a root system just like a plant. As the roots weave there way into the cedar shingles it can slowly rip the shingle apart. “pressure washing” moss will not kill it at the root level. Our disinfecting detergent is designed to be applied to soak into the root system. This will create a 100% kill ratio on the moss. After treatment it can take roughly 90 days for the dead moss to decompose and wash away with the rains.
A Cedar Roof can be safely cleaned using a detergent that contains a 3% mixture of sodium hypochlorite. Sodium hypochlorite is safe, effective, non-carcinogenic, and truly bio-degradable. It starts as salt and ends as salt.
Applying after market sealers to cedar roofs is not necessarily recommended by cedar manufacturers. Some may stain or seal cedar roofs for appearance. Cedar roofs are designed to breath and release trapped moisture. Check with your cedar roof manufacturer before choosing an after market cedar shingle sealer. Most will recommend a very light linseed oil.
We service cedar roofs in the following counties of New Jersey:
Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex, Union, Somerset, Hunterdon, Morris, Essex, bergen, and Passaic Counties.