Virtue Professional Maintenance Services Celebrates its 10th Anniversary Serving Residential and Commercial Property Owners Throughout NW Oregon in the Portland Metro Region.
October 31, 2019. Fairview, Oregon. Virtue Professional Maintenance Services (“VirtuePro” or “The Company”) is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a trusted property maintenance provider throughout Northwest Oregon. VirtuePro maintains the exterior integrity and beauty of residential and commercial properties with expert care.
Lisa and John Schwab acquired the small exterior maintenance business in 2015 and have dedicated themselves to growing the company by providing the absolute best service possible to home owners and commercial property owners throughout the Portland Metro Region.
According to co-owner, John Schwab, “What we like most in serving our clients is the satisfaction of knowing they are happy and we are saving them money in the long term by keeping the exterior of their properties well maintained. We warranty all of our work and will not stop until our customers are 100% satisfied with the quality service we provide, whether cleaning moss and debris from their roof or removing debris from their gutters or getting the exterior of their buildings, concrete patio or walkways shining again after a thorough pressure washing.”
Another example of the quality and care provided to their clients is the fact that when providing moss removal and treatment from rooftops, VirtuePro warranties that moss will not grow back within a year after treatment, or a second treatment is performed free of charge.
“We look forward to continue serving our NW Oregon and SW Washington neighbors for many years to come, as many have become more than satisfied clients, they have become friends of our family,” stated Lisa Schwab.
"When property owners are searching for maintenance professionals that can take care of all their exterior property needs, they will usually search for Roof Cleaning services in Portland, or Moss Removal and Moss Treatment in Portland, or Gutter Cleaning in Portland, or Pressure Washing services in Portland. Many do not think to look for what we know customers really want... Honest, hard working service technicians that get the job done thoroughly, and at a fair price so that everyone is happy," added John Schwab.
How would you like to see this headline about your house on the news?...
Although it may seem farfetched, this is a very real risk from trees that drop leaves and other debris onto your roof. On some of the dryer days of the year, especially during 'fireworks season,' or something as simple as having a backyard fire (where burning embers can float loose and can ignite dry tinder sitting on the rooftop) the risk for catching your home on fire increases with the amount of debris that's accumulated on the roof. This can also happen with dry leaves and twigs that can accumulate in gutters too.
One of the easiest ways to manage this is just to put it on your calendar every year and have your roof cleared of moss and debris and your gutters cleaned as well.
So your annual maintenance checklist might look something like this:
- October-November, have gutters cleaned
- April-May. have the roof cleaned (and moss treated if necessary)
Keeping a regular maintenance schedule for these items, not only maximizes the life of your roof (typically 25 years), it also keeps your risk low from a potentially devastating fire.
When it comes to maintaining your home, there are many things to take care of, however we're going to cover four major areas that will serve to prolong the life of your home for many decades. For our purposes on this post, we're going to focus on exterior property care (which also affects the interior).
1) Your Rooftop - Starting from top to bottom, first on the list is your roof. Many roofs have expected lifespans of 25+ years, and if cared for and maintained properly will easily meet that expectation. In Western Oregon, especially the Portland Metro region (Portland, Beaverton, Fairview, Tigard, Lake Oswego, Gresham, Tigard, West Linn, Hillsboro, Happy Valley, etc.), we get lots of moisture. Pretty obvious, right? However people underestimate the toll rainfall has on your roof. The constant beating of water droplets wears on your shingles, eventually separating the granules from the shingles and depositing them into your gutters. Not only that, the moisture, combined with shading is a ripe place for mildew, mold spores, and moss to begin taking root on your roof. If left untreated, this green (sometimes silvery or brown moss) entity starts to grow under the edge of your roofing shingles, deteriorating the waterproofing protection they have on your property. If you have a home or commercial building that has partial shading from trees or other objects, those areas are most susceptible to moss growth, and should have any moss removed and treated at least once annually. Two to three years of untreated moss growth can reduce the lifespan of your roof by up to 5% - 8%. Considering the cost of replacing your roof can run from $7,000 to $50,000, it's probably a wise investment to make sure you have the moss removed from your roof and treated (killed off) before it causes any unnecessary damage.
2) Your Gutters & Foundation - Gutters and foundation you say? Yes, like the moss on your roof can deteriorate your water integrity of your rooftop, clogged gutters can lead to deterioration of your foundation, and possibly siding, leading to water intrusion. Gutters are a critical component in making sure water drains away from your property's foundation and clogged gutters can lead to erosion of your siding, window frames, and yes, your foundation because water movement will always flow to the lowest point. The best and easiest solution is to make sure your gutters are kept free of debris that clog your downspouts and the potential water intrusion issues that could lead to very expensive repairs. Foundation repairs can easily start at $5,000 and go up from there so doesn't it make sense to make sure and have your gutters cleaned on a regular basis (annually or semi-annually)?
3) Your Property's Siding - Okay, so this one is just as much about appearance as it is about preservation, but here goes... Let's face it, when you first moved into your home and everything was shiny and clean, you loved driving up to your house and enjoying it's natural curb appeal. Then, over time, the Northwest Oregon moisture, combined with petroleum based air pollutants (from cars and trucks), began to gradually provide more sustenance for mildew to accumulate on your siding. Not only that, but your walkways and driveways also start to accumulate not only mildew but moss as well (there's that pesky moss again!), creating a slipping hazard on your walkways and stairs. This is where you can be proactive and use a thorough pressure washing treatment to clean the siding of your house, fence, walkways, driveways, any surface that needs the grime blasted away. Whether you decide to do the pressure washing on your own or hire it out to a professional is up to you, but this should be done annually as well to keep both your property and people safe (from slipping hazards) during the frequent rainy seasons we get in Oregon.
4) Your Windows - This is an area where most people believe that keeping your windows clean is purely about appearances; the enjoyment of looking through shiny, clear glass. This is partially true, but did you know that if windows (particularly window frames) are left dirty for extended periods of time, they can deteriorate just like any other physical item left out in the elements to deal with Mother Nature?... Most windows have drainage channels built into the exterior of the frame that function very much like how gutters function to drain water away from accumulating in areas that deteriorate the surfaces. If the window frame drainage channels get clogged from dirt and debris, the water will pool in the channel instead of draining away from the window frame. This can, and will, lead to the seals around the windows failing over time as the pooling water erodes the caulking underneath and around the window frames. A thorough professional window cleaner in Portland will not only clean the glass, but clean both the interior window tracks and exterior window channels. This will insure not only clean glass, it will maintain the integrity of the window frames as well.