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The 3 Reasons You Need to Clean Your Windows When You Move

The 3 Reasons You Need to Clean Your Windows When You Move

This post was kindly written for us by our friends at Bellhops Moving

Your windows bring light into your home, help you to enjoy the beauty of the outside world, and ensure that you can always keep an eye on those pesky neighbors. Of course, if you want to get the most out of your windows, then the first thing you need to do is ensure that you're keeping them clean!

While we all enjoy the scenery that our windows give us on a daily basis, many of us forget to give these portals to the outside world the care and attention that they deserve. Although cleaning your windows might seem like a tiresome job when you've just moved into a new home or even a new city, it's something you should do as quickly as possible for the following 3 reasons.

1.     Aesthetics

Let's face it, you want your new home to look spectacular. While that means that you're probably going to take some extra time picking out the perfect paint colors and choosing the ideal furniture, it also means that you need to consider what your home is going to look like from the outside too. Dirty and grimy windows can degrade the entire appearance of your home, making it harder for people to appreciate its beauty.

Clean and spotless windows add a little extra shine to your windows, and they ensure that you're drawing the eye to all the right places.

2.     Glass Degradation

Cleaning your windows is important for more reasons than you might think. Not only does clean glass look great, but it could potentially last longer too. You might not know this but maintaining your windows can ensure that the glass is less frequently exposed to chemicals and substances that might degrade its performance over time. Many people forget that glass is porous, which means that it is vulnerable to contamination, particularly when the winter comes with:

·         Rain
·         Storms
·         Wind
·         Sea spray
·         Oxidization

If your new home is located close to the sea, this can be particularly problematic, as the salty sea air can have a disastrous effect on windows over time.

3.     Heat Efficiency

Finally, poorly kept windows can also have an impact on your heat efficiency. Having dirt all over your windows - even if you don't notice it straight away, could mean that you don't get as much heat and light into your home from the sun. This means that you spend more money using your appliances and heating solutions when you could be taking advantage of natural options instead.

Cleaning your windows means that you can take full advantage of the outside world, and potentially reduce your energy bills at the same time!

When moving to a new home, there are always countless things to think about - particularly when you want to make the most of your new property. Make sure that you don't overlook the importance of caring for your windows. 

Clean Your Roof. Don’t Replace It! And You Will Save $1,000’s!

Clean Your Roof. Don't Replace It! And You'll Save $1,000's!

Restore the beauty of your home. A dirty roof detracts from your home's curb appeal. You clean your siding, porches, and walkways. You may even apply weed control and fertilizers to spruce up your lawn and garden. But if you ignore those ugly roof stains, no matter what else you do to improve your home's exterior, those stains will be the main focal point of your home's exterior. And, if you are hoping to sell your house, roof cleaning is a must!

What is roof cleaning?

Roof cleaning is relatively new to most homeowners. The algae infestation that is taking place has only been present in our area for the last 20 years. Having streaks on your roof isn't a sign of poor home maintenance. Rather, the unsightly dark splotches that streak across roofs are caused by bacteria known as Gloeocapsa Magma; often referred to as algae growth. The growth typically occurs on the north side or shaded area of the roof. Though there is little scientific evidence of the harm caused by the bacteria, industry experts concur that it can help deteriorate shingles and shorten the life expectancy of the roof.
The Gloeocapsa Magma or Algae makes the roof susceptible to damage that may have not occurred had the roof been properly maintained. Furthermore, insurance companies can and will cancel your home-owner's policy for having a dirty roof demanding that homeowners have their roofs cleaned. They often only give a very short notice to comply, In some cases the home-owner was given less than a week and if not completed they  lose their insurance coverage. That's why it is SO VERY important to be proactive and have those roof stains professionally removed BEFORE you get that notice from your insurance company. Insurance companies know that untreated roof stains (black or green algae) will negatively impact the overall integrity of the roof, which can also lead to further damage INSIDE your home. Roof stains are seen as 'risks' that could cost them money in a claim.
The good news is that there is a solution despite what some people believe. Replacing your roof is an unnecessary expense that Squeegee Pros can help you avoid for a fraction of the cost!!!
Recommended Roof Cleaning Method (Soft Washing)

Any reputable roof cleaner should use cleaning methods recommended by the Roof Cleaning Institute of America and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association. Squeegee Pros uses the "soft wash" cleaning method in which we spray a biodegradable cleaning solution on the roof. It is the ideal method because the solution is designed to adhere to the roof, there is very little runoff and what does run off is captured and contained. Usually it will take two coats to get it all clean, but it's very visual when we are all done it's easy to see that everything has been performed correctly and for the next few days you will be able to see even more of a difference. After a rainfall or two your roof will be completely clean and rid of all stains, streaks, and problem causing growths that have been on your roof for years! For an average size house the cost may be $400-$800 compared to the unnecessary alternative which is replacing your roof for $8,000-$15,000 depending on the material and extent of damage.
Avoid Pressure Washing Your Roof

Avoid companies who offer to pressure wash the roof, or demand payment up front. Hire someone who knows what they are doing, roof cleaning is a relatively new industry and a lot of people just think that if they have a power washer, they are able to clean a roof. You should never allow anyone who utilizes a power washer...to clean your roof, as they are damaging the shingles by using this type of excessive pressure. Utilizing excessive pressure to clean or rinse a roof will shorten the shingle life dramatically. Roof cleaning should only be performed by a professional service that is knowledgeable and has the ability to provide the service safely and responsibly.

Soft Wash Process Vs. Pressure Washing

Traditionally in the past, exterior cleaning contractors used high pressure, which removes surface growths and biological contaminants with force. Unfortunately, this often causes damage, which we have seen countless times. This is the case even with well-meaning professional cleaning contractors. Manufacturers of the most common roof and exterior building products consistently warn against using pressure to clean their products. Sometimes even voiding the warranty.

Soft Washing Is the Only Smart Option!

Chemical cleaning is a much gentler method that uses similar pressure to a garden hose. The results of soft washing, on roofs, is by far superior, and becomes obvious minutes after starting.

What Are Some Of The Biggest Benefits Of Having Your Roof Cleaned?

Aesthetically it makes a major difference and it is immediate. Most homeowners are shocked at the difference. This is especially valuable when trying to sell a home. Obviously, the first impression is important. When the first impression is, "I will need to replace the roof in a couple years", that has a big impact on the sale. After we clean a roof the first impression will almost always be, "Great, it has a new roof."
Also, roofs can have their service life shortened due to bacteria and algae growth. Composition asphalt shingles, the most common type of roof in this area, are susceptible to damage from algae, moss, and lichen, and it's not just aesthetic. That is why insurance companies routinely threaten to cancel home-owner's insurance if a roof is not clean.
By James Bargmann 
Residential Supervisor