Great Gutter Cleaning in Victoria
You guessed it - it's gutter cleaning season here in Victoria. Are your gutters ready for seasonal rains and winter weather? Are you looking for the best gutter cleaning company in town? Our team can help. We deliver fast, professional, quality gutter cleaning at affordable rates.
Why is it important to clean my gutters every fall?
When your gutters are clogged up with leaves and debris they don't drain well under wet winter conditions. If your gutters are holding water when a cold snap hits the water freezes and expands which can cause serious damage to your gutter system. Additionally, in heavy rains, debris flowing down your downspout can enter your perimeter drain, causing blockages in the perimeter drainage system.
Get your gutters cleaned every fall to remove a buildup of debris allows your system to function properly.
Safer Gutter Cleaning
MossAway uses a high-powered gutter vacuum system to minimize the use of ropes, anchors, and ladders. A professional company, accredited with WorkSafeBC, will always rope & harness or use standoffs on their ladder systems. Working from the ground with our vacuum system means the team typically won't need to install roof anchors and oftentimes won't even need to ladder up to clean your system. Guttervac's also tend to do a better job at cleaning small particulate than hand-scooping alone.
So who do you want working on your gutter cleaning project this season? We think you should give us a call and see the difference an award-winning, professional, WorkSafeBC insured, BBB accredited, and affordable service can make.
What Exactly Is Roof-Safe Moss Removal?
A quick search of the web will give you a wide variety of different entities offering roof moss removal services in your area but are all these businesses offering roof-safe services?
The Roofing Contractors Association of British Columbia publishes an extremely helpful guidebook for general consumers. This guide can help you make the best decision when choosing a roofing contractor but also a roof maintenance service such as roof cleaning.
Here are just a few of the key takeaways from the guide, as well as a few of our own tips.
Say NO To Pressure Washing
Never let a contractor take a pressure washer to your asphalt shingle roofing. While this may be appropriate for moss removal on clay or concrete tiles, your asphalt shingle roofing is not designed to be pressure washed. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of homes in Victoria that learned this fact the hard way and we see the aftermath of pressure washed shingles all too often. In most situations, we suggest that homeowners save the money they were looking to spend on maintenance and, instead, spend it on re-roofing.
Brushing Is OK But Finesse Is Key
The guide highlights brushing as is the typical method of physical moss removal from asphalt shingle roofs. We would expand on this only to say that not all brushing is roof-safe. Moss removal is about roof preservation. To keep in line with that mission, it takes a certain amount of finesse and skill to get the job done right. If you see someone going ham on a rooftop, they might not know what they're doing. Physical moss removal can be done with a light touch and doesn't require heavy force to achieve a quality result.
Some Chemicals Are Better Than Others
Roof moss treatment is often what sets different companies apart. Each seems to swear by their brand of chemical and often lists a number of reasons why theirs is better than others. The truth is, there are a wide range of different roof moss treatments that are very effective, but beyond moss-killing efficacy, these chemicals are far from equal.
MossAway uses a hydrogen peroxide based treatment, specifically designed for the treatment of moss, algae, lichen, and mold. It's also specifically designed for roof-top application. Other chemicals, although equally effective, are not designed for rooftop application. Furthermore, they're not ideal for washing down the storm drainage system which is where roof runoff ends up.
Sodium Hypochlorite is another popular option in the exterior cleaning world. This chemical is extremely effective, but it's also extreme. The chemical is also known as chlorine bleach but companies often tone down the name, calling it a "soft wash". Chemical contact with exposed wood, paint, and plants will often end up with tragic results. It's not plant-safe, pet-safe, or even human-safe for that matter. Contact with eyes or skin can cause burns or blindness and ingesting the chemical can even cause death. While it may be right in certain situations, this chemical is best left for use in other applications. Especially when we consider how many different options we have at our disposal that do the job just fine.
There are many different ways to perform roof-safe roof moss removal & treatment on your home. Different companies each offer a different set of skills and experience. Whatever you do, make sure the company is reputable and carries an active account with WorkSafe BC. We always strongly recommend pulling the WorkSafeBC clearance letter yourself, for free, from the WorkSafe BC website.
This is a more complicated question than most homeowners realize. There are many factors that go into a roof moss quote including:
There are many different processes or methods for removing moss from a roof surface. MossAway™ uses the process that we feel is the safest and most effective which we call the "Brush & Treat" method. Hand brush removal of the moss is labour intensive but the quality of removal is extremely high compared to any power form of physical removal. It is also considerably safer for your roof than other removal methods. We would never recommend that a homeowner allow a contractor to pressure wash or "soft wash" your asphalt shingles. We have plenty of photos of severely damaged rooftops that were pressure washed - stay tuned for that post later in the month.
MossAway™ has an average service cost of just $750 across all services conducted in 2018 with invoices ranging from just $350 to just over $2500. Comparatively, when customers were shopping our competitors we saw prices ranging on average from around $1100 to $2250. Why are our prices so low by comparison? Quite simply put, we don't employ the use of expensive equipment or chemicals. We use simple hand tools with the knowledge and experience accumulated over hundreds of roof moss removal projects. Our inhibitor treatments are simple, safe, and very effective. Why pay more than you have to?
Are there even more affordable methods? This is quite reasonably the most affordable process possible to safely & effectively remove moss from an asphalt rooftop. Every so often a customer sends us a lower competitor quote, and almost every lower quote we've received was from a "guy with a truck and ladder" outfit. Do keep in mind - our industry sees some of the highest WCB rates of any industry, quality workers for this time of work do not come cheap, and if you employ someone who is not covered by WCB and/or doesn't carry liability insurance you could be in for quite the unpleasant experience. For more on that, check out our post about why WorkSafe coverage is so important when selecting a contractor, coming out later this month.
The best time in Victoria to remove moss from your roof is mid-March until late May. June and July are also good months to remove moss however by late spring to early summer moss has started to seed and spread to other areas of your property that might later become a nuisance.
We do not recommend removing moss in December, January, or February. In our climate, moss is full of life and quite difficult to remove mid-winter. If rains are bringing vigorous growth to your mossy roof the best thing you can do is wait until drier weather when the moss can be brushed away with relative ease.
Moss treatment can be conducted at almost any time of year. As you might suspect, a spray treatment should be done during an absence of wet weather so as to increase the overall efficacy of the treatment. Speak with a member of our service team by calling or emailing us for more information, and book a free, no-hassle quote for moss removal on your roof this summer.