As a Certified “Soft-Wash” Cleaning Contractor, we DO NOT utilize any type of high pressure equipment to clean the delicate exterior surfaces of your residential or commercial property. All projects are completed with state-of-the-art zero-emission equipment that incorporates 100% biodegradable cleaning products. The maximum output pressure of our cleaning systems is approximately 40 psi; very similar to the average pressure of a garden hose. Additionally, we hold a Michigan Residential Builders License, a PABL (Pesticide Application Business License) with MDARD (Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development) and we are certified in Microbial Pest Management.
*Any contractor that offers a service or product that is intended to prevent, destroy, repel or mitigate pests such as mold, algae, lichen and/or moss is required by the State of Michigan as well as the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) to hold a certification in the proper categories and carry a Pesticide Application Business License. Hiring a contractor that is not certified and operates without the proper licensing could potentially be applying heavy concentrations of illegal pesticides around your home and family.
Michigan Residential Builders License
License Number: 2102200920
MDARD Pesticide Application Business License
License Number: 010025
MDARD 5B Microbial Pest Management Certification
Certification Number: C003170575
ROOF CLEANING (if requested)
Multi-Point Visual Inspection – This inspection will identify any obvious problematic areas such as missing or blown off shingles, damaged venting or excessive wear. This inspection will take place prior to the cleaning service. Any minor concerns will be notated on your invoice. Any major concerns will be brought to your attention prior to us cleaning the surface. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary information that will help you get the most out of your roof. *This inspection does not guarantee that all potential problematic areas will be identified as some may be less than obvious.
*We will not clean a roof that we feel has less than 5 years of effective life left in the shingles.
Debris Removal – Ugly Shingles, LLC will attempt to remove all debris such as leaves, branches, etc. from the surface of the roof safely and to the best of our ability.
Roof Stain Removal "Dark Streaks" (if requested) – Ugly Shingles, LLC will apply a blend of industrial grade cleaning solutions that will dissolve all algae and mildew staining within minutes. You may notice that a slight soap film remains after the roof is dry. This film goes away after the first period of heavy rain. The results are 100% guaranteed are backed by a 5 year limited "Streak-Free" Warranty. All cleaning solutions used are recommended by ARMA - Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association.
Roof Moss, Lichen and Algae Growth (if requested) - Ugly Shingles, LLC will apply an EPA registered product intended to kill and remove all moss, lichen and algae growth that may be present on the surface of your roof. Any areas of dense growth will be lightly brushed to expose the shingled surface below. The roof will then be blown off to remove all debris. Once the roof is free of any loose partials, the product will then be thoroughly applied to the surface. Any green moss, lichen and algae growth will turn white or light-yellow and the deterioration process will begin. The roof will then be lightly rinsed. Several periods of heavy rain may be required to completely rinse away any remaining dead algae . By prematurely forcing the dead algae from the surface before it has fully deteriorated may result in lose of protective granules. It is best to allow the dead algae to fully deteriorate and rinse away naturally.
HOUSE WASHING (if requested)
This process includes solid exterior surfaces such as vinyl & aluminum siding, dryvit, hardie board, and stucco. Ugly Shingles, LLC will apply a blend of industrial grade cleaning solutions that will remove all algae and mildew staining within minutes. Once the staining fully dissolves, the surface will then be thoroughly rinsed using a fresh water source connected to the property. If requested, a surface wax will then be applied after the rinsing process is complete. *Please keep in mind that windows may need to be washed after the house washing process is complete – depending on water hardness and quality.
Interior of Gutters: Ugly Shingles, LLC will remove all debris from the gutter system and the interior of the gutters will be flushed to ensure proper flow.
Exterior of Gutters: Ugly Shingles, LLC will apply a cleaning product to remove discoloration and surface staining “black stripes”. In most cases, all discoloration and surface staining can be removed. In some cases, permanent staining may result from oxidation and/or natural elements which is common with age.
This applies to concrete, brick and limestone. Ugly Shingles, LLC will apply a blend of industrial grade cleaning solutions that will remove all algae and mildew staining within minutes. Once the staining fully dissolves, the surface will then be thoroughly rinsed using a fresh water source connected to the property.
This process applies to wood and composite decking. Ugly Shingles, LLC will apply a blend of industrial grade cleaning solutions that will remove all algae and mildew staining within minutes. Once the staining fully dissolves, the surface will then be thoroughly rinsed using a fresh water source connected to the property. *Please keep in mind that our cleaning process does not remove any loose or worn paint / stain and is only intended to remove surface stains resulting from algae and mildew. USE CAUTION: The surface may be slippery – even after it has been rinsed. *Please allow the deck to fully dry prior to walking on it.
IRON STAIN REMOVAL (if requested)
Ugly Shingles, LLC will apply an iron / rust removal agent to remove iron deposits from most surfaces. Once the iron stain has disappeared, the surface will be thoroughly rinsed. *Some porous surfaces may not come completely clean as iron deposits become permanent with time.
Ugly Shingles, LLC takes protecting the environment very seriously. The cleaning product we use quickly breakdown to after use. All gutters that discharge near landscaping or into bodies of water will be captured or redirected. We recommend leaving all gutters redirected until after the first period of heavy rain. This will prevent soap suds from foaming at the point of discharge. We will be required to use a water source connected to the property for rinsing purposes. We do our best to conserve as much water as possible when we rinse the soap off your landscaping and exterior surfaces. *Please let us know if you have a sensitivity to any cleaning products.
If the stains don’t go away – you don’t pay – it’s that simple!
5-Year "Streak-Free" Limited Warranty with all roof cleaning services.
The Soft-Wash technology has been used throughout the country to safely clean the exterior of thousands of homes and businesses just like yours. Our process has been fully approved by all shingles manufacturers including ARMA (Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association). The "Soft-Wash" process is also recommended by all insurance companies. All of our cleaning solutions are 100% biodegradable. Having your roof cleaned is recognized as general maintenance.
*The use of high-pressure will not only damage your roof, but may also void any existing warranty that your roofing materials may have. Many high-pressure cleaning companies claim that their process is "low-pressure" when in fact they're simply "dialing down" the PSI (pounds per square inch) output of their high-pressure units. Another cleaning method you will want to avoid is one that involves the use of an "aluminum disc" also known as a "surface cleaner". This equipment has been designed strictly for hard surfaces such as driveways, walkways, tile floors, etc.