Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Home Maintenance Tips: Washing your house and roof

After a long day at the office, there is no better feeling than arriving home.  As you pull in to your driveway, you notice that the roof and vinyl siding are starting to look dingy.  After a while, algae, lichen, and moss invade your roof and siding, leaving the exterior of your home looking stained and dirty.  Home maintenance is often overlooked by homeowners, but it should be a priority to preserve the beauty and integrity of your home.  The cost for routine maintenance is minimal compared to the cost of repair and replacement.

Have you noticed black stains and moss growing on your roof?  The dark stains are known as Gloeocapsa Magma, which is a hardy species of algae that can be very difficult to remove.  The algae should be removed from your roof in a timely and safe manner.  Algae feeds on the limestone that is part of your roof’s shingles.  If left unattended, the algae can eat away your shingles until they need replaced.  This can be avoided if you call on the team at M. Annis to perform some preventative cleaning.  M. Annis uses a soft wash technology with low pressure to clean the surface, as well as an application that helps protect the roof from future growth.

Another home maintenance tip is regular house washing.  To maintain the curbside appeal and value of your home, regular cleaning of the exterior of your home is essential.  Neglecting to clean the algae, dirt, and mildew from the exterior of your home can cause permanent staining, fading, and irreversible affects to your home’s facade.  M. Annis has the experience and technology to deliver a safe biodegradable cleanse for your home to help protect it from future stains and grime.
M. Annis specializes in home enhancement services to keep your home looking beautiful.  We provide many different services: drapery cleaning, window cleaning, gutter cleaning, painting, roof and vinyl siding soft washing, snow removal, and other home improvement services.  We partner with homeowners to provide home enhancement services to keep your home vibrant.  Whatever home maintenance or improvements you may need, M. Annis has over 80 years of experience to help keep your home beautiful.

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  1. you did a good job!! thanks for your tips.

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  2. Great list of home maintenance tips; thanks for sharing/posting them!

  3. Really helpful. Thanks for the information.
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  4. We had to do a bunch of roof repairs last year, because we let the maintenance get away from us. Wish we would have read your tips before then! Now that we know better first hand we will be sure to implement regular roof and house exterior cleaning and spot potential issue before they turn into costly repairs! Thanks for the tips!

  5. I've been needing to get my roof fixed! I had no idea about these maintenance ideas for your roof. Maybe I could work these into a regular yearly schedule each spring. After our roofing repairs, I'll make a note of maintenance in the future!

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