We are experiencing an unusually hot summer in Greater Vancouver which has taken us “by surprise”. Here I take the opportunity to give a great acknowledgement to our firefighters for their dedicated and tireless work!
But don’t let the hot summer days ignore your windows – the current water restrictions don’t apply to window washing which actually uses very little water. There is hardly anything worse than dirt particles (anything that doesn’t belong to the glass) baked on the glass. Regular maintenance of glass will also prevent mineral deposits to form on its surface which deposits do not only make it look dirty even after a wash but also affects the glass quality. Such mineral stains take a longer time to form – they almost invisibly “appear” – and some windows are more susceptible to them than others.
Buildings with all glass walls especially liable to have streaks formed on their glass as certain substances used in the building process will “bleed out”. Though such buildings are generally low or high rises you may encounter similar phenomena elsewhere as well.
Dry days like these are also a great opportunity to maintain your roof. Roofs are less thought of in terms of maintenance but by actual experience their longevity is proportional to how well they were maintained. And on maintenance I don’t mean repairs to them but keeping them free of moss and the occasional treatment to renew its resistance to Mother Nature. The initial treatment will last 8-10 year usually, gradually losing its effectiveness. Re-treating – which is always coupled with a cleaning beforehand – can and will increase the roof’s life span.
But keeping the moss off the roof by the simple way of regular moss killer spraying on them will suffice as roof upkeep in general. If the moss has grown big then an initial removal service will be needed too. In some cases you can do it yourself, in every other case call the professionals.
There are many different products for moss killing, most of them chlorine based (bleach) with which you want to be more careful: it can not only burn your eyes but your garden as well, and it can discolor certain paint jobs. Not to mention the longer term effect on the soil. In our many years of moss treatment history we found one trustworthy product that is worthy of recommendation and praise on accounts of both effectiveness and environmental friendliness. It is called Roof Wash – has several name variations depending on application but with the same results and quality – and can be obtained throughout Metro Vancouver.
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