Resolutions are not just for us personally, involving areas such as physical, behavioral or spiritual practices. They can also relate to how we treat and maintain our possessions. Few of us have a possession greater and more valuable than our homes. The following list is to be used as more of a road map than an absolute. The intention is not to imply that a given month is the only or even the best month to tackle this specific choir. Rather, each month’s task is part of a comprehensive plan to work through your entire house’s cleaning needs over the course of one year. January Deep interior cleaning – dusting, vacuuming, edging, and carpet cleaning. OK, if you put up a Christmas tree and decorations, they should now be down (they are down right? If not, stop reading and do that right now!) Spring-cleaning is the commonly mentioned tradition, but few can argue that the holidays do not bring their share of dust, dirt, stains, etc. to your home. From the dust coming from decoration boxes stored in the attic or garage, to tree needles (even artificial trees shed their artificial needles!), to extra foot traffic from guests, to food and drink spills, your house needs some work when the holidays are done. I am personally always amazed at what dust or stains I see once the decorations are down. It feels great to start the year with a clean interior.
Metal roofs are by far the least common roof type in the Portland Metro area. That being said, they still require cleaning like all other types. While metal roofs have their own strong advantages, they also have their own unique set of difficulties and disadvantages.
There is an old saying; “Out of sight, out of mind”. This is all well and good, but not when it comes to a roof. A roof that is well maintained can add years to the life of the shingles, shakes or tiles, and prevent massive damage to the interior, exterior, and structure of the house.
The roof provides us, and our families with shelter from the elements. While everyone knows this, few people take the time to really consider it, and what would happen if something happened to the roof. Roof cleaning is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent damage to not only the roof, but the interior and exterior of your home.
Being on top of a roof, or even just climbing a ladder to get to the roof, can be a very dangerous proposition. In our opinion, it should always be left to a trained professional. This brief video shows a few of the safety precautions our crews take to ensure adequate safety for them and others. This video is not intended to teach you everything you need to know to be on a roof safely. Actually, it’s effect might be to the contrary – once you see what is involved you may come to your senses and decide to leave roof cleaning and treating to the pros.
One of many types of roof moss Understandably, everyone wants a positive story to tell prospective customers. The problem is, sometimes for some companies, there isn’t much positive to tell. In those cases, companies look at what they are able to offer, whether it is good or not, and market it as the best solution. This is what is happening in the Portland roof cleaning market currently.
Sometimes it is easy to feel that the hard part of a home maintenance decision is over once we have decided that we are going to do it. However, that is really only the start of the process. After coming to terms that there is a problem with your mossy roof and you are going to get your roof cleaned, you then need to decide who is going to do the work and by what method the cleaning will be done.
Our friends at Angie’s List (where we just happen to have some of the best roof and gutter contractor ratings in the Portland area) allowed us to share these 8 great Tips for a Green Home. We would include the following tips of our own (the graphics on their tips are much cooler, though:)
Preventative maintenance. Whether changing car oil every 3000 miles, getting your teeth cleaned, or treating your roof so moss doesn’t return, preventative maintenance is an unwelcome phrase to many of us. Why? The best I can figure it is the result of a misperception.
In addition to being at “top” of this list, roof cleaning and gutter cleaning should also be done first for another reason – they often produce a much larger amount of debris.