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Perhaps you're pulling in the driveway from work, or you're outside mowing the lawn. You look up and suddenly notice streaking down your roof and siding. When did that happen? This slow buildup of grime can become noticeable fairly quickly, making your home's exterior appear lackluster. You might not notice it on a daily basis until you really take a good look. Anything from mold and mildew to dirt and grime can be responsible for this streaking. Fortunately, you can hire a Bergen County roofing professional to clean up your house and make it look like new again. It's wise to hire a professional to perform any power washing on your home as it takes the right machinery, equipment and solutions to effectively get rid of years' worth of stubborn grime. However, there are some quick fixes you can tackle yourself in between professional washings.

Vinyl siding is an extremely durable, versatile and resilient material that's why it's such a popular choice for homeowners today. However, it is still subject to dirt. In fact, your siding could become a breeding ground for algae, mold and mildew, especially in shaded, moist areas. The same goes for your roof. It's not just dirt and mold that can streak your home's exterior; both roofs and siding can endure a buildup of pollen, droppings from birds and bugs, spider webs, rust, tar, oil, paint and caulking. Even insecticides and pesticides that you may use on your lawn can drift up there and contribute to the overall grime.

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If you think a good rainstorm will clean it all off, sadly, you're wrong. You'll have to put a little elbow grease into it.

You can tell a lot about what is causing the streaking just by noting the color. If you notice long, brown streaks, this could be a result of rusty nails. If it has a red tint to it, this could be caused by damage from an ice dam. Black or dark green stains are likely due to fungus, mold or algae. Dark black spots near a chimney or other vent are typically caused by soot. Yellow stains may mean your insulation is starting to deteriorate. If you see staining in the same color of your roof and siding but slightly darker, this may mean your gutters and downspouts aren't doing their job. Check them for blockages.

To do an overall cleaning of your siding and roofing, mix a bucket of warm, soapy water and vinegar or powdered laundry detergent. Use a nozzle attachment to spray the mixture onto the exterior with a hose. To get stubborn algae and mildew off the roof, try a concoction of warm water and bleach or a commercially available mildewcide. Scrub problem areas with a long-handled brush with soft bristles so as not to damage the exterior. While you're up there, clean your windows too!.

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