What products do authorized Roof Shampoo® contractors use to remove roof stains?
They use the proprietary, environmentally friendly Roof Shampoo® soap which is only available to authorized Roof Shampoo® contractors. Roof Shampoo® DOES NOT contain dangerous chlorine bleach or phosphates.
Will the process harm my plantings around my home?
No. Roof Shampoo® products will not harm any landscaping or surfaces around your home. Roof Shampoo® contractors do NOT need to cover your plants or grass, or recapture run-off because Roof Shampoo® is completely safe for use around landscaping and will not damage your grass, plants, shrubs or trees. Warning – If a roof cleaning contractor tells you that they need to cover the vegetation around your home, be warned that they are using a product that is toxic to plants – likely bleach! They may tell you it’s “Sodium Hypochlorite,” but that is just the chemical name for bleach. Roof Shampoo® does NOT contain bleach.
Do you use high pressure power washing on the roof?
NEVER! High pressure power washing can be very damaging to the shingles. Plus, it’s simply not an effective way to remove algae stains from roofs. Roof Shampoo® roof cleaning equipment is specially calibrated at a very low pressure to be used with Roof Shampoo® soaps and ensures a safe and effective removal of roof stains. No scrubbing, brushing or high pressure.
How long will the stains stay off my roof once my roof has been cleaned using the Roof Shampoo® system?
When Roof Shampoo® technicians finish cleaning your roof, it will be as clean as a new roof. Since it’s impossible to tell how long it will take for a new roof to get stained, the same holds true for a roof cleaned using the Roof Shampoo® system. You can rest assured however, that when your Roof Shampoo® contractor finishes cleaning your roof it will be squeaky clean with no remnants of algae stains left behind. Remember, it took years for your roof to get stained in the first place. Likewise, it could take years for new stains to develop after a Roof Shampoo®, if they even recur at all.
What about the do-it-yourself products?
These products can cause many problems. Many of them are toxic to the vegetation surrounding your home. Plus, they are largely ineffective as far as roof stain removal goes. Also, whenever homeowners climb up on their roof, they put themselves at risk of slipping and falling. Roof cleaning is serious business and it’s always best to rely on the professionals.
Can't I just use bleach on my shingles?
Be very, very careful here. Many homeowners and contractors alike have tried to use bleach or pool chlorine to remove the dark roof stains. The results can be disastrous. Bleach and pool chlorine are dangerous chemicals that can permanently damage plants, shrubs, trees, and grass. Bleach can also dry out your shingles and corrode roof fixtures such as flashing, underlayments, valleys, and boots. Plus, bleach emits lung damaging toxic fumes. Any results that the homeowner sees are often just temporary and the staining is back within a few short months.
What if I just leave the stains on the roof?
A roof with dark streaky stains absorbs heat and results in a superheated attic, raising your cooling costs and putting strain on your cooling system. In addition, a roof covered with dark streaking stains is no longer able to efficiently reflect sunlight which promotes moisture retention that can cause shingles to deteriorate. Why allow that to happened when you can have your roof professionally cleaned and restored to its natural color by a Roof Shampoo® contractor for a fraction of roof replacement costs?
Why should I choose a Roof Shampoo® contractor over another local contractor?
Authorized Roof Shampoo® contractors use high quality, eco-friendly non-bleach roof cleaning soaps and state-of-the-art low pressure roof washing equipment. Results are immediate and complete. Thousands of roofs have been safely cleaned from coast to coast with the Roof Shampoo® roof cleaning system. Do your homework before hiring anyone to do work around your home. When it comes to roof cleaning, it’s wise to choose a company that is using a safe and effective roof cleaning method that has been performed on thousands of roofs on homes and commercial properties nationwide for more than decade – choose a Roof Shampoo® contractor.
Unfortunately not, because Roof Maxx® isn’t a product you can apply on your own. But fortunately, we’ve carefully trained hundreds of certified Roof Maxx® dealers all over the country to ensure effective results. Fill out this short form to find the Roof Maxx® dealer closest to you.
Can Roof Maxx® Help New Roofs Last Longer?
Be aware that if your asphalt roof is less than 6-8 years old and you live in warmer southern climates or is less than 8-10 years old and you live in northern climates, it may still have much of its original oil. This means it likely won’t need to be treated with Roof Maxx® just yet. But, if your roof is close to those age ranges, it’s best to have a Roof Maxx® dealer at least check it for granule loss and other issues to see if Roof Maxx® can start extending the life of your roof (by 5 years!) right now.
Owning a home means replacing things as they get old and lose their usefulness. This applies to furniture, appliances, and even your roof. No matter how well you treat the things inside and outside your home, there will come a time when things need to be upgraded. When that time comes for your roof, choose Roof Maxx®.
Can Roof Maxx® help new roofs last longer? While Roof Maxx® is great for lengthening the life of a roof that’s been around for a few years or more, a newly installed roof isn’t going to benefit from Roof Maxx® treatments.
Can Asphalt Shingles Be Recycled?
Asphalt shingles can absolutely be recycled, but only around 9% of asphalt shingles end up getting recycled into other things, such as the necessary ingredients for asphalt roads. This low percentage seems to be connected to the cost of the recycling process and a lack of asphalt-recycling facilities. It’s also much easier to simply discard used up shingles into dumps and landfills. When asphalt is dumped into a landfill, it will sit there for many, many years because it isn’t biodegradable.
Could Roof Maxx® Make an Asphalt Roof Last Forever?
So, can Roof Maxx® make an asphalt roof last forever? Sadly, nothing lasts forever. But so far, Roof Maxx® has been proven through testing and research done at The Ohio State University to add an average of 15 years of life to an asphalt roof.
Roof Maxx® is designed to add years to your asphalt roof; over the years we’ve proven that our product can add five years of life per application to an intact asphalt roof. Having an intact asphalt roof means any structural issues have been repaired and everything is as it should be before we apply Roof Maxx® to your roof.
Does Roof Maxx® Pose a Fire Risk?
Testing has found and proved that Roof Maxx® treatment has no effect on fire risk or spread of flame on an asphalt shingle roof. During its development, Roof Maxx® was tested by The Ohio State University Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering in line with the standards of the American Society for Testing. Roof Maxx® was subjected to a number of safety and functional tests, including fire safety.
It’s interesting how they answered the question, “Does Roof Maxx® pose a fire risk?” Two roofs were tested. One was treated with Roof Maxx®, and the other was not. The edges of both roofs were ignited with gas torches and burned for 10 minutes.
How Does Roof Maxx® Work?
You know how people have their decks or driveways treated when they see wear and tear and want to add life to their investment? Roof Maxx® does something similar for asphalt roofs, only using a revolutionary new technology that soaks old, brittle shingles with millions of microbeads of all-natural bio-oil to restore their flexibility and prepare them to better protect your home. One Roof Maxx® application is guaranteed to add five years of life to an asphalt roof. And with repeat applications every five years, you can add up to 15 years of life to your asphalt roof.
How Long Does a Roof Maxx® Treatment Take?
The application of a Roof Maxx® treatment takes between 30 minutes at the least and a few hours at the most. The time it takes to apply the treatment will depend on the size of your roof and the state and condition of your roof and asphalt shingles.
Our local technicians will be able to give you a precise, customized estimate. Before beginning the process of applying the Roof Maxx® treatment, our technicians will conduct an initial assessment to determine the condition of your roof. They will examine your roof and give you an estimate for how long the application of the Roof Maxx® treatment will take.
How Long Does the Average Asphalt Roof Last?
The founders of Roof Maxx® were professional roofers for over 30 years before starting Roof Maxx®. Throughout their careers, they noticed a decline in the quality of asphalt shingles that contributed to roofs lasting less time than they used to. In fact, today’s shingles are about a third lighter than they were just a few decades ago. This is because they include less asphalt, which is where they get the oil that keeps them pliable. So newer shingles are drying out, cracking and breaking apart sooner than they used to.
Most roofs built in recent decades last 15-20 years, with roofs in less sunny climates tending to last slightly longer due to less UV exposure. The weather, the manufacturer and other factors play a part in each roof’s lifetime. So, unfortunately, there’s just no way to truly guess how long a roof will last. (Believe us, we’ve tried.)