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How to Choose a Reputable Portland Roof Cleaner

January 15, 2018

Is your roof looking a little worse for wear? Don’t immediately assume you need a complete roof replacement. It’s likely that your roof just needs a good cleaning.

If it’s time to clean your roof, avoid trying to do the job yourself. Falls are one of the leading cases of injury and death every year. Not to mention you could unknowingly damage your roof if you’re not careful. Instead, it’s better to partner with a trusted and professional Portland roof cleaner.

There are 8 qualities every Portland roof maintenance company should have. As you’re considering your options, reference the list below to make sure you pick the best company for the job.


1. The company should have proven local experience

Not only should a roof maintenance company have years of experience, they also need strong knowledge of the local community and the specific roof issues affecting homeowners in the area.

Although large chains will likely have a lot of experience, steer clear of these franchises and instead look for privately-owned local businesses. These types of companies have a vested interest in their community reputation and always want to perform top-quality work.

When you talk to a roof maintenance company, ask them how long they’ve been in business in the area and how many projects they’ve worked on to get an idea of their history.

How Does Northwest Roof Maintenance Measure Up?

  • Locally owned and operated
  • Cleaning and maintaining roofs for over 10 years
  • Experience maintaining and cleaning roofs in Portland, Vancouver, Camas, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, and more!



2. Make sure the company offers a warranty and has insurance

If a company cannot or will not guarantee their work, steer clear. Cleaning treatments or services should always be covered by a warranty. Choose a roof cleaner who stands behind their work and won’t be satisfied until you’re happy.

Additionally, the company you work with must have liability insurance to cover their employees. Roof work is dangerous, and you don’t want to be held liable if any injuries occur while working on your home.

How Does Northwest Roof Maintenance Measure Up?

  • Committed to customer satisfaction
  • Stands behind all our work and will do whatever it takes to make sure you’re happy
  • All manufacturer’s warranties are honored
  • All roof cleaners are covered under workers compensation and liability insurance



3. Choose a company specializing in various roof materials

Different types of roofs require different approaches to cleaning, so choosing the correct cleaning method for your roof is very important.

Your roof maintenance company should have extensive knowledge and experience working on a wide variety of roof styles and materials. Ask the company about their experience level working on your specific type of roof.

Additionally, if the company’s only method for cleaning your roof is using a pressure washer, beware. Gentle pressure washing may be necessary for some roofs (for example, those with heavy moss coverage), however it won’t take care of the root of the problem.

How Does Northwest Roof Maintenance Measure Up?

  • Specialize in various roof styles and materials, including cedar shakes, composition roofs, and tile roofs
  • Never use dangerous chemicals to clean your roof



4. Never hire a company without proper state licensure

When considering a roof maintenance company, ask to see a copy of their license. If the company cannot or will not show you this information, stay away!

If you live in Oregon, your roof cleaner should have passed an Oregon Construction Contractors Board test to become a license roofer. You can check whether or not a company is licensed in Oregon by clicking here.

If you’re over the border in Washington, the company will need to be registered as a contractor with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

How Does Northwest Roof Maintenance Measure Up?

  • Fully licensed to work on roofs in both Oregon and Washington



5. Choose a roof cleaner that offers free inspections & estimates

You shouldn’t have to pay for a roof maintenance company to tell you how much they are going to charge you for a service. If a company tells you they charge to come look at your roof, we suggest looking elsewhere.

How Does Northwest Roof Maintenance Measure Up?

  • Preliminary roof inspections are provided at no cost to you.



6. Ask if the company provides a full clean up after every job

There’s nothing worse than hiring a company to clean your roof and then coming home to a yard full of debris, leaves, branches, and moss. Yet this is how some roofing companies operate!

Always ask the company whether or not they provide a full clean up after the job is complete. This means picking up all the materials cleared from your roof and taking it off your property.

How Does Northwest Roof Maintenance Measure Up?

  • All cleaning services include clean up after the project is complete
  • Committed to leaving your yard better than we found it



7. Find out how the company chooses and trains their roof cleaners

It’s important to know who will be at your house working on your property. You want a team who complies with OSHA safety procedures and has the knowledge to take great care of your roof.

Take a look at the company’s website to find information about their team. What qualities and experience do they look for in the people they hire?

How Does Northwest Roof Maintenance Measure Up?

  • Friendly and professional workers
  • Best roof technicians in the business
  • Trained in OSHA standard safety procedures
  • Experts in efficient and effective roof cleaning processes



8. Look at company reviews

Lastly, take a look at online reviews to find out what other customers are saying about their experience with the company. There are many places you can look for reviews but here are some of the most common:

Look for reviews that highlight the company’s customer service skills and ability to do the job perfectly.

How Does Northwest Roof Maintenance Measure Up?

  • Great customer reviews!
  • 100+ 5-star reviews on HomeAdvisor
  • A+ Rating on BBB



Ready to Hire a Reputable Roof Cleaner?

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At Northwest Roof Maintenance, we love helping homeowners throughout Portland and Vancouver take care of their roof. Not only will regular roof cleanings give your home a fresh and polished look, it will also help protect your roof and add years to its life (saving you thousands of dollars).

Give us a call today at (360) 910-8938 for your free roof inspection or to schedule your roof cleaning.

New Year – New Roof

January 3, 2018

We’ve all heard the mantra “new year, new you!” It’s a good thought, while different people would argue how to achieve that or what exactly it means, not many people would disagree with the idea. Now, what if you changed it to “new year, new roof!” I’m not talking about a total roof redo (most people probably don’t need that), but rather, a mindset shift of how you view your roof.

When someone talks about a “new you”, they are very rarely talking about undergoing an intensive plastic surgery to get a whole new face. More commonly, they are talking about getting rid of bad habits, spending more time taking care of themselves, learning new skills, etc… While it’s not exactly the same, these ideas are good ones when it comes to your roof. Too often people don’t think about their roofs until their roofs fail, be it leaking, not passing a home inspection, or something as drastic as caving in! If instead they a) got rid of bad roof “habits”, b) spent more time taking care of their roofs, and c) learned new roof “skills”, they could prevent those roof failures and prolong the life of their roof!


Don’t worry, I’ll explain what I mean!


  1. Get rid of bad roof “habits”.

    One of the most common bad habits people develop regarding their roof is assuming that if it’s not failing it’s thriving. I’ve heard more people than I can count say “If it’s not leaking, don’t fix it” or something along those lines. The problem with this bad thinking habit is that often times those major issues like leaking are the result of a smaller, more easily fixed problem that hasn’t been addressed. Wind damage, exposed nails, or rusted out flashings are just some of the smaller items that if unrepaired can lead to a larger issue. In order to prevent it though, you have to change your thinking from “it’s fine until it’s not” to “ensure it’s fine so that it stays that way.”

    Another common bad roofing habit is letting moss thrive. Whether it’s because you don’t realize how damaging moss can be or because you are too busy to schedule a cleaning, letting moss make its home on your roof can cut years off the life of your roof, cause leaks, and diminish your curb appeal drastically.

    The third roofing habit (though there are many more we don’t have time to address) is the habit of skimping. This is most often seen in the form of hiring someone purely because they are the cheapest option, instead of because they are the best option. Unfortunately there are many handyman’s and roofing companies that cut corners or provide temporary fixes while telling the homeowner owner it is a long term fix. They charge less, making the homeowner think they are getting a good deal, when in reality they are not truly fixing the roof and the homeowner will only find themselves with a much worse problem down the road. So while you think you are saving money you are really just setting yourself up for a bigger expense. Change this bad habit by being willing to invest in your roof (arguably one of the most important parts of your home) with both time and moneye. Research a company before you choose them, be willing to pay more for a company that is above board and knows what they are doing, and be willing to pay for preventative care and repairs now even if it’s not “a problem” yet. Believe me, your wallet and your roof will thank you!

  2. Spend more time taking care of your roof!

    You don’t have to get up on your roof with the loofah and lotion to take care of it. It can go a long way to take a few minutes every few months to visually inspect your roof. Look for moss growth, missing/lifting shingles, signs of moisture in the attic, or anything else that seems off. Doing this regularly will help you catch potential problems before they become major issues!

  3. “Learn new roof skills”!

    What I mean by this is don’t be stuck in what you know. Be willing to ask questions and listen to professionals about the best options for you roof. Just because you’ve heard something or always assumed something about your roof, doesn’t mean it’s right. Be willing to learn and change your thinking to best take care of your roof. For example, many older tile roofs have nothing in place to prevent ponding (a water build up issue that cause rotted eaves and leaking). Sometimes this is discovered because of leaking and sometimes a consultant looking at your roof will recommend installing anti-ponding before leaking happens. Just because it’s never been on your roof before doesn’t mean it’s not an essential and helpful addition to your roof.


Make one of your resolutions “a new year, a new roof”! You don’t have to do it alone, Northwest Roof Maintenance is here to help! Trying to drop bad roof habits? We can have a consultant out to tell you what your roof needs and how you can best care for it! Don’t have time to inspect your roof yourself or can’t safely see all of your roof from the ground? We provide free roof inspection of your home, one of our professional and trained consultants will take a look for you! Unless there’s leaking, you don’t even have to be home! Plus we are always happy to answer any questions you may have and help you better understand the how and why of upkeeping your roof!


Happy 2018 and enjoy your “new” roof!