Choosing The Right Roof Cleaning Contractor

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If you are interested in roof cleaning and have decided to get your shingle roof cleaned, let’s talk about why choosing the right contractor/company can save you a ton of future problems and your hard-earned cash.

Doing a google search on the subject can have your head spinning in a hurry, with a lot of conflicting info about the right way to achieve a clean roof.

Most of the information is from companies that are selling you their products/services. Everybody thinks their way is “the best”.

The “green” camp will tell you their way is the best. However, since their formula is proprietary you don’t really know what they are putting on your roof. You will also pay much more than needed for this type of service

Another type would be companies offering to pressure wash your roof. This one is especially damaging because while it may look great after they finish the job, it will without a doubt take years off your roof. The high pressure used by these machines will rip the shingle grit right off your roof, therefore drastically reducing the life of your roof. You need your shingle grit.

The simple truth is there is only one way to properly clean your shingle roof. According to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA), the only safe and effective way to clean your shingle roof is by using a Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach) solution. This method will clean the algae/mold/mildew and dirt discoloration without damaging your roof.

There is a downside to this method in that the Hypochlorite solution can be harmful to plants, trees and grass. Make sure your contractor properly preps the areas around your house and that they will fix/replace any damaged areas. With the proper preparation you shouldn’t run into any problems.

To properly apply this Hypochlorite solution the “soft washing” technique must be used. It is imperative that when hiring your roof cleaning contractor/company that they use this method and not high pressure.

The next step to finding the right contractor would be to google “soft washing” roof cleaning companies in your area. Check which reputable companies you might want to hire. That means making sure they have good reviews and have been around a few years. You don’t want to hire the company that is in it to make a quick buck.

Most reputable companies will offer a 2-4-year guarantee in case the algae, mold or mildew comes back.  Make sure that they have been in business for a while and have good references, so you know they will be around if the algae, mold/mildew does comes back.

Now that you’ve found a few good companies it is time to set up a free estimate. After the estimates are all in, just choose the one who answered all your questions and are most comfortable with.

You will enjoy your newly cleaned roof for years to come. The results are truly amazing when done properly.

Questions to ask during your estimate:

  1. Are they using the “soft wash” technique?
  2. Are they going to properly prep the areas around your home?
  3. Do they offer a guarantee?
  4. Will they replace/fix any areas (grass, plants) that might be damaged for free?
  5. How long have they been in business.


Win a Free Gutter Cleaning North Metro Atlanta Area

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Enter to win free gutter cleaning for north metro atlanta area

Hey everyone, this is just a quick blog to let you know that if you live in the North Metro Atlanta area, you are eligible to win a free gutter cleaning. All Clear Cleaning Inc will be giving away 1 free gutter cleaning a month for the next 3 months. That’s 3 chances to win. The cities that are eligible to win a free gutter cleaning are Acworth, Woodstock, Kennesaw, Marietta, Cartersville, Dallas, Alpharetta, Canton and many more.

 To be eligible all you need to do is:

  1. Live in the North Metro Atlanta area
  2. Follow us on G+ or like us on FB  (feel free to comment and share)
  3. Sign up for our newsletter at [email protected]  Just type in “sign me up” put in your name, city and phone number. That’s it, you are entered in the drawing.

We will be picking the winners randomly on the 1st of each month. The winner will be notified by phone or email. We will also announce it on social media.

The free gutter cleaning service is redeemable up to 15 months. Your choice of scheduling. Please only enter once as duplicates will be removed. 


 P.S. I know that winning a free gutter cleaning is great and all, but if your gutters are really full, you probably wouldn’t want to wait to see if you win.  Having full gutters can possibly damage your roof, fascia and gutters. 

Go to our Blog TIS THE SEASON FOR A GUTTER CLEANING to learn more about how important gutter cleaning is. It’s not worth it to wait. The winners of the free gutter cleaning have up to 15 months to redeem the service. So you can always apply it to next time.

FOR CURRENT CUSTOMERS OF ALL CLEAR: You are definitely eligible to enter to win a free gutter cleaning. Eligibility is the same follow/like us on G+ or FB except we would like you to subscribe to the newsletter here at [email protected] This special newsletter is for our favorite repeat customers. Announcing incredible flash sales that only you are eligible for.

‘Tis the season for a gutter cleanin’

Something that is often overlooked is the importance of getting your gutters cleaned regularly. With the fall season underway, it has never been more important than now to get those pesky falling leaves and other debris out of your gutters.

What Gutters Do for Your Home

Gutters serve an important purpose to our homes, more than just catching leaves and water. They actually control the water fall while protecting your homes foundation, landscaping and roof.

The Risks of Not Cleaning Your Gutters

There are several risks associated with failing to routinely have your gutters cleaned. The most dangerous risk is the risk to your roof and home foundation. Gutters serve to reroute the rainfall so as to not damage the roof, siding, and foundation. These are the most vulnerable areas that water damage will have the most costly effect. Allowing a build up of twigs and leaves causes your gutters to clog, blocking a path to proper water flow and allowing water to pool in the wrong places, often times causing your fascia to rot, leading to a possible need to replace your entire roof. That same water build up can even lead to mold, something you definitely want to avoid. That being said, it is crucial to maintain your gutters in order to ensure proper water flow and protect of the most important parts of your home.

Another risk you take by not having regular gutter maintenance is critters will make a home in your gutters. Whether rodents or insects, these pests will burrow inside the debris build up, often times finding a way to invade your home, causing an infestation. Having these critters living in your gutters adds extra weight to them along with the weight of the leaves and other debris. This can cause damage to your gutters that could have otherwise been prevented with routine gutter cleanings.

Long Term Effects of Not Cleaning Your Gutters

By not maintaining your gutters, the leaves and debris build up can have damaging effects on your landscaping. The buildup of this debris causing a water over pour, often times landing on the unsuspecting flower beds, small trees, or other landscaping. This over watering can kill the plants – and end up costing significant amounts of money (and time) to replace. Not only does keeping your gutters clean reduce the risk of water overflow onto plants, but if you are selling your home, these touches are vital. A dirty gutter can lead to rust, chipped paint, damaged shingles, and lots of other ugly side effects. A thriving landscape along with clean, unclogged gutters can go miles in curb appeal. First impressions are everything!

How We Can Help

Gutter cleaning can at times be dangerous work. Save some money, time, and make sure you are safe by using us to clean your gutters this season. You are in luck, visit our Facebook page to find out about our monthly free gutter cleaning raffle! You can look at some of our work below.


Our Favorite Natural Alternatives to Toxic Cleaning Products

Some toxic chemical cleaners have been related to numerous health issues, so why use these products when you can make all-natural versions on your own? Some toxic cleaners contain harmful chemicals that when used inside can make the air polluted and sometimes even toxic. For small messes, at home cleaning solutions can be used to clean up! Here are some common cleaners and substitutions that can be made when a routine cleaning is needed.

A common toilet cleaner is corrosive, containing hydrochloric acid which can cause harmful effects to children, pets, and you, if exposed for an extended amount of time. If you are just doing a weekly cleaning, a strong chemical may not be necessary. A good way to maintain a clean toilet is to occasionally spray some vinegar and baking soda and scrub. For a deeper cleaning, here are a few natural cleaning substitutes that can be used for a minor toilet cleaning:

  • 1/2 Cup Borax
  • 1 Cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite essential oil

For a more heavy duty cleaning, you can use the following recipe:

  • 3/4 cup borax
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of lemon essential oil

If you suffer from asthma or other lung issues, you should generally try to avoid ammonia as it can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and respiratory tract. Ammonia is a common cleaning solution used for all purpose cleaner. If you are doing maintenance cleaning of small messes, a gentler solution can be used. Try some of these natural cleaning recipes.

  • 2 cups of distilled water
  • 1/4 cup Castile soap
  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oil

If you don’t have Castile soap on hand or prefer a vinegar mixture you can try this:

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 a juiced lemon
  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oil

If using the second solution, make sure to refrigerate due to the fresh lemon juice.

Phosphates are a common chemical used in dishwashing soaps and detergents. Many times the reside left over from these chemicals seep into local waterways such as lakes and streams, causing algae blooms which eventually starve fish. Try this easy DIY dishwashing cleaner:

  • 1 Cup washing Soda
  • 1 Cup baking soda
  • 3 packages of unsweetened lemonade drink mix
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup water

Pour into ice trays to make tablets, then add to the dishwasher!

Another common household cleaner ingredient is Butoxyethanol, this is commonly found in mirror cleaners, if exposed for an extended amount of time this ingredient can cause some irritation to the when inhaled. A good substitution is equal amounts:

  • White Vinegar
  • Water
  • 2-3 drops of essential oil (optional)
  • Spray bottle

So simple! Spray, and wipe.

The last household item that can be potentially harmful is commonly found in fabric softeners and dryer sheets, called Quats, which is a skin irritant and can cause some respiratory irritation. This “Do it Yourself” is the easiest of them all! Just substitute vinegar for fabric softener to remove the static and soap residue. You can also try this fabric softener crystals recipe:

  • One cup of Epson Salt
  • 20 drops of your favorite essential oil

You can add these crystals to the laundry load or make a liquid version by adding 1 cup of warm water and one cup of baking soda.

Let us know how you like our do it yourself natural cleaners!

How A Cleaner House Can Help Sell Your Home Faster

Something that is often overlooked, and taken for granted when selling a home (especially one you live in) is the exterior cleanliness of the home. When a buyer is scrolling through your pictures on a real estate website, or touring your home in person, an untidy house can often give it that “lived in”, dirty look. Cleaning your home eliminates that impression. According to HGTV, one of the most important tips is making sure your house is clean and tidy! Cleaning, and keeping it clean can help you recognize and stay on top of pesky issues that you may have not previously known you had. Not cleaning can add to dirt build-up often making non-issues such as a dirty vent or stain on the wall appear to the buyer to be something worse. Another good tip for removing the “lived in” impression is getting rid of the things you do not need, removing clutter and making it easier to maintain while your house is on the market. Luckily for you, we offer inside and outside cleaning to maximize the value of your home! Here are some of our most popular services for those looking to add quick value without the hassle of having to do it yourself. 

Pressure Washing (Exterior Walls)

Many of the services we offer are made to increase the value of your home, and are a quick and easy way to add value and appeal.  The picture above is an example of one of our services, if you have dirt/mold/algae build up on your home, a simple cleaning from All Clear Cleaning, can make your home look newly painted, and well maintained. There is nothing like first impression, when buyers pull up and see a well maintained exterior, interest will increase. According to, a pressure washed home can add between $10,000-$15,000 to your property value.

Window Cleaning

Another great curb appeal service offered from All Clear Cleaning is window cleaning. Cleaning windows can be tedious for a home owner, sometimes you have a few too many windows, and not enough free hours in the week to get to cleaning them. Do not over look this when selling your house. Dirty windows can make your home look older, and not well maintained. As new windows is a large expense to buyers, you want to make sure your windows are regularly cleaned and not accumulating cobwebs, dirt, or mold. Check out some of our window work below:

Pressure Washing (Driveway & Pathways)

A quick way to increase the value of your home and add curb appeal is to make sure your driveway is pressure cleaned. The build up of mold, algae and mildew can cause long term health effects. Pressure washing your driveway can help remove some of the build up of not only mold, algae, and mildew but also gas, oil and many other chemicals that permeate the surface. While we cannot guarantee that all gas, oil, and other chemical stains will be completely removed (depending on severity and longevity of stain), we do all we can to make that happen. Taking care of those creates a “like new” look, without all the hassle of getting a new driveway. Here is an example of the difference a pressure cleaning makes:

Roof Cleaning

Our last curb appeal services, and arguably the most important -and value adding- service, is a roof cleaning. You can check out our blog post on roof cleaning here: (link to other blog plz). Getting your roof professionally cleaned not only extends the life of your roof, but adds good curb appeal. It is a win-win for buyer and seller. A day roof cleaning can transform the appearance of an dirty roof -causing it to look old- to a non-issue. The black streaks diminish the value of your home, and make it less appealing to the buyer. For example, check out the transformation below to see how you can add value to your home via roof cleaning. Interested in how we do it? Check out our process here.



Top Two Reasons to Keep Your Roof Clean

Here’s why you should add bi-annual roof cleaning (once every two years) to your home maintenance to-do’s:

Many homeowners think getting your roof cleaned is a luxury, something to do if you have extra cash, are preparing for a party, or trying to sell your house. While those are all great occasions to get your roof cleaned, routinely maintaining and cleaning your roof is actually vital to the health and longevity of it, not just its appearance. In fact, you can prolong the life of your roof and save yourself the cost of a getting a new roof, simply by having it routinely cleaned.

Firstly, the chemical cleaner used when roof cleaning removes those pesky black stains (due to dirt, mold, mildew, and lots of others) and also prevents them from forming for some time. This can make a simple once-every-two-years service go even further. Contact us to learn more about the process we use on roofs, and why it is valuable to have your roof cleaned on a routine basis.

Secondly, not only does maintaining your roof enhance your home’s curb appeal, you actually risk getting your homeowners policy cancelled for a dirty roof. The dark stains you see on your roof are actually small bacteria that can cause long-term damage. If left untreated – or unmaintained, this can eventually lead to you needing to replace your roof. This bacteria can deteriorate shingles, cleaning your roof maximizes your roof life and prevents your policy from being cancelled.

Not maintaining your roof via a routine roof cleaning can cause the aforementioned bacteria to eat through your shingles, by allowing moisture to seep in and rot the wood underneath. If your roof is dirty right now, your roof may not be leaking, but in time the untreated black “scum” can cause leaks and further damage that may cost far beyond the price of a single service to repair. The smell of a rotting roof can also attract critters, who enter your attic or crawlspace through compromised areas of your roof.

Lastly, if you are selling your house, curb appeal goes a long way. There is no telling the value that is added by a great first impression – with a nice clean roof. One of the first things a buyer will take note of is the roof (as it is a huge expense to replace). No one wants to purchase a house with a roof that looks dirty and old, with the expectation they will have to soon replace it.

It is easy to see why roof maintenance is a necessity. The cost of roof cleaning once every two years goes a long way and can ultimately save you money in the long run by prolonging roof repair or replacement.