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The Ins and Outs of Getting Your Roof Cleaned

FCI Painting gives you the answers to Your Questions about Roof Cleaning

How often do you actually think about your roof? So long as it’s doing it’s job, probably not all that much. However, this is a major oversight for most homeowners, because taking a few steps to ensure your roof stays in top condition is far easier than repairing any damage that occurs from neglect.

For this reason, it’s important to keep your roof clean. Not only will it add to the value and the aesthetics of your home, a clean roof is a higher quality roof, and taking the time to give it the best care you can will ensure your roof will keep you comfortably covered for years to come.

Why You Need To Take Roof Care Seriously

There’s no single reason why it’s important to perform regular maintenance on your roof, but the following reasons all taken together should be all the proof you need to take the cleanliness of your roof a little more seriously.

    • Protection From Humid Climates: Most Florida homes are no stranger to heat and humidity, and if your roof is shaded throughout the day by large trees, the odds are good that your roof is home to plenty of algae, mold and mildew that will weaken the structure over time.
    • Smarter Home Maintenance: According to experts, it’s important to wash your roof every two years or so, meaning that roof care should be part of your household maintenance routine. Consistent cleanings help prevent grime from grabbing a foothold, which keeps your shingles looking fresh and new.
    • Better For Your Health: You probably don’t realize it, but dirty roofs are a breeding ground for a host of nasty allergens like mold, pollen and mildew, meaning that your breathing troubles might be made worse because of the state of your roof. If you want to take the health of your family seriously, it’s a smart idea to get it regularly cleaned.

Should You Get Your Roof Pressure Washed?

By far, the easiest way to get your roof cleaned is to pressure wash it. However, before you go out calling the first roofing company you can find in the phone book, there are some things you should know about the risks involved with pressure washing.

Understanding the Risks

If you leave your roof cleaning to non-experts, it’s all too easy for your roof to come away damaged. Too harsh of water pressure can strip the paint or protective coating right off the roof, it can and break apart the protective coating that helps your roof reflect sunlight. Without the careful attention of an expert, it’s easy for the tiles or shingles on your roof to get damaged during pressure washing. For this reason, it’s absolutely essential to trust the well-being of your roof with an expert.

Choosing The Right Company For the Job

For those that live in the Naples, FL area, the search for a top quality roof care company couldn’t be easier. FCI painting has been a staple company in the region for over twenty years, and we provide the best roof cleaning service you can find that leaves you without any hassle.

Don’t let the state of your roof get out of control; contact FCI painting today! You can find us online at https://fcipainting.com/ or by calling us at (239) 435-1001.

Maintaining the wood on your Dock or Deck

Weather Proofing your Dock or Deck with Stain and WaterproofingFlorida allows us to live outdoors and draws us to its beautiful waters all year round. Waterfront living is bountiful and so are the docks and decks. Entertaining friends and family on an outdoor deck or dock is a source of endless fun by all, including; boating, fishing, sunning, dining, parties or just relaxing and enjoying the view. Maintenance of that deck or dock means the party safely continues.

It is tricky to maintain the beauty of your decks original wood finish. The sun, sea and harsh summer storms can wear out the original wood finish sooner than you might think possible. It is not only important to maintain your wood deck for its beauty, it is imperative to conduct routine maintenance for safety reasons. Check all the bolts, nuts, nails and other metal fasteners for rust or corrosion. To keep your friends and family safe you will also need to replace splintered or dried-out wood slats as soon as possible.

Professional Deck Maintenance

Consult with a professional in your town regarding proper maintenance techniques which are suitable and ecologically healthy for your environment. You will want to be responsible and take care when choosing cleaning products and choose waterproof products that are also environmentally-friendly, especially if your dock is over the water. Most homeowners find they can’t quite replicate the results a professional can provide when they are ready to stain, paint, or otherwise refurbish a tired outside deck.

The Advantages of Deck and Dock Staining

Dock owners find a greater return on their investment with scheduled routine maintenance which includes cleaning of the wood planks and staining or waterproofing. Scheduled maintenance of your wood decking rather than having to replace wood planks tends to be less expensive and less disruptive to your outdoor lifestyle. Typically, deck staining prevents against the growth of mold and aging as well as damage caused by insects and other termites. Staining not only adds a decorative flair to your deck it also increases the lifespan of your deck by protecting it from sun damage like bleaching.

Signs That the Wood on a Deck or Dock Needs Maintenance

  • You can visibly see fading of the wood stain
  • It develops a bleached out look
  • Water is no longer beading off

Some stains and sealants are used to waterproof while some are for sealing. Some stains serve the dual purpose of both waterproofing and sealing. What is the difference, what are their applications, and which should you use on your deck?

Sealing the Wood on Your Deck or Dock

Sealing stains work by penetrating the wood to act as a shield against moisture. Moisture will inevitably cause mold and algae to sink into and harm the integrity of the wood. Following a sanding or power wash, a sealant stain is applied to the deck. Once it has been applied and allowed to cure, the stain will prevent excessive buildup of moisture and keep out harmful contaminants like mold and fungus.

Waterproofing the Wood on Your Deck or Dock

Waterproofing and sealing are fundamentally different. While some sealers provide waterproofing, a coat developed for the purpose of waterproofing is ideal for a deck that comes into contact with significant amounts of moisture.  As a rule of thumb to determine if your deck requires waterproofing, you should flick water onto the wood, if the drops are absorbed, your deck needs to be waterproofed.

Hiring a Professional

Consider hiring a professional deck maintenance painting contractor to handle the preparation, staining, and painting of your dock or deck. FCI Painting located in Naples, Florida has extensive experience painting, staining, and maintaining the appearance and integrity of outdoor decks. In Naples, we know that the sun, wind, and rain can take a heavy toll on our outdoor wood finishes. Thankfully, deck and dock maintenance can help alleviate the damage caused by the year round sun. To protect your deck from the elements and increase the value of your home, give FCI Painting a call today at 239-435-1001.

Never Power Wash Your Roof Again – Here’s Why!

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If you aren’t familiar with soft washing, you should be! This system was designed to be minimally invasive and significantly more effective than a traditional roof power washing. If you’ve had pressure washing before – prepare to be amazed at the efficacy and ease of this incredible system. This treatment is available in almost any climate, from the humidity of Florida to the arid air of Arizona. But what exactly makes soft wash different? Instead of potentially damaging your roof with the powerful water pressure it takes to clean it, soft washing is a gentle chemical alternative that treats for mold and algae and leaves your roof cleaner than ever.

What Exactly Is Low Pressure Cleaning?

Regardless of where you live, you have dirt, dust, and mold growing on your roof. Organic material like leaves and soil accumulate in the nooks and crannies of your roof. While traditional power washing uses a high psi to remove the surface of the mold and algae, it does not solve or treat the underlying problem.

Similar to how a gardener treats their plants to prevent bugs and harmful fungi, soft wash utilizes a gentle cleaning solution that kills the unwanted organic life hiding in your roof. Additionally, soft wash leaves behind an inhibitor that helps to prevent the growth of new fungus and mold. Where traditional pressure washing will damage your roof and fail to treat the entire problem, soft washing shines as a quick and effective treatment to clean and protect your home.

You may be asking yourself, how does power washing damage my roof? It can damage it in a few ways. One way is that it may strip the paint or protective coatings that prevent weathering. Additionally, it can break down or destroy important parts of your roof that deflect heat from the sun. Most homeowners have what is known as a composition roof. Typically, a composition roof includes a warning from the manufacturer against any aggressive cleaning of the surface. Overall, improper pressure washing on your roof could lead to the breakdown and erosion of the roofing material.

Is It Dirt…Or Something Else?

Those dark streaks on your roof likely are not only dirt. Those are most likely a bacteria known as Gleocapsa Magma and are the leading cause of roof stains in the United States. Organisms that live on your rooftop wreak havoc on your roofing materials by breaking down and decomposing them. In states like Florida, soft washing has seen a meteoric rise in popularity because hot and humid climates are where your destructive rooftop organisms like to thrive. Many of these organisms are able to feed on the material that your roofing is made out of. In fact, a typical shingle contains limestone, which contains nutrients that mildew and bacteria are able to grow and populate more of your roof.

There is some good news, these annoying bacteria can be removed safely with the use of the soft wash!

What Can Algae and Fungus Do To My Roof?

Besides the discoloration of shingles and other roofing materials, these harmful fungus and molds can do more damage to your roof than you may have believed possible. As mentioned above, the bacteria known as Gloecapsa Magma can thrive on surfaces like wood, concrete, and even aluminum! As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to know exactly what these little pests are capable of. Gloecapsa Magma will create a miniature ecosystem for itself and will produce an acidic waste that is powerful enough to destroy the materials around it, further allowing the bacteria to flourish.

Another common form of contaminant that can live on your roof is a blue-green algae. Some of these are known as “nitrogen fixing algae.” What this means is that they are able to subsist in environments that would otherwise be unable to support life. This blue-green menace creates a root system for itself and once attached to your roof or surface, the root system will begin to break down the area by creating cracks and fissures.

Spray and Forget!

Soft washing goes beyond a surface treatment. A soft wash will eliminate destructive bacteria and mold while preventing new growth from occurring. It is an incredibly simple process – a trained professional uses a soft wash system to evenly coat your roof with a powerful mixture of bacteria and mold fighting chemicals. The next step is easy – forget! Gone are the days of an invasive and loud power wash that damages your roof and doesn’t treat the mold. Welcome to the future of total roof cleaning with the soft wash system.

Choosing the Right Company

Finding a company that provides your home with the soft wash it deserves can be difficult. There are many contractors out there that claim to soft wash your roof, but will use bleach, or simply use a lower psi on a standard pressure washer. That’s why you should call FCI Painting! We deliver an incredible cleaning solution to your roof with minimal hassle to you and your home. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

You can find us online at https://fcipainting.com/ or by calling us at (239) 435-1001.

 

 

Sprucing Up Your Home for the Holidays

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Make your home stand out this holiday season with FCI Painting! Your neighbors have their multicolored lights up, the fake snow in the yard, and their shining decorated tree visible through the window, but that won’t outshine your miraculous paint job by FCI Painting. At FCI Painting in Naples, Florida, we know how important it is to find reputable painting contractors who can do incredible paint jobs with a warranty and a guarantee of customer satisfaction. FCI Painting does every job with a focus on providing quality and client satisfaction. FCI Painting works together with you to ensure your home painting project is completed to your specified requirements.

What are our Home Painting Services?

We have many options for you to choose from if you are looking to spruce up your home for the holidays, increase its value, or protect it from the elements. Our cost effective protective solutions are significantly less of a strain on your wallet than maintenance on your home and it’s all backed by our 10 year warranty.  We can provide all sorts of home painting services that range from interior painting to exterior painting, weatherproof coatings to wood stain finishes, and more.  Our residential and commercial painting services have served the area for over 20 years, and we are one of Naples’ most trusted painting services. Our exterior painting also comes with 10-year warranty, when we utilize premium exterior product. Let FCI Painting take care of the house so you can focus on the holidays.

Along with painting services, we also provide other services that can enhance and protect your home:

Holiday Home Paint Projects

Whether you want to transform your home for the Holidays or for the upcoming New Year, FCI Painting has you covered. We take all the guesswork out of home painting services. Just choose FCI Painting, sit back and relax, knowing you made the right choice towards a beautiful home.

Call FCI Painting at (239) 435-1001 or visit us at http://fcipainting.com!