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All Around WNY: Fall Projects

Fall has officially arrived in Western New York, and we’ve been busy helping as many homeowners as possible before the winter weather starts to roll in!

Over the past few weeks, we’ve helped repair damaged roofs and even installed brand new ones! Read on to take a peek at some of the projects we’ve been working on…

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What You Need to Know About Roof Cleaning Services

We do a lot to keep the inside of our home clean. We dust, sweep, mop, and scrub the place top to bottom to make sure things look nice.

But one area that we often forget to take care of is the outside of the house – particularly the roof. You may not have realized that roof cleaning services exist!

Now, first and foremost, you may be wondering why cleaning your roof is necessary. Doesn’t the rain do that job for you? Well, no – not exactly.

Even if you live in an area with high precipitation, your roof will get quite dirty. Bacteria, dirt, and algae build up on roofing materials over time.

In fact, rainwater can even make this worse in some instances and promote microbial growth. This is bad news for roofing in Buffalo, NY – since we have precipitation 164 days out of the year!

Over time, the algae, dirt, moss, and bacteria will cause discoloration that makes your shingles look darker and dirtier.

This can actually ruin your shingles as well. Algae and bacteria will eat through roofing material, which can cause moisture to seep into your home. This could mean that you’ll need to replace parts of or even your entire roof much faster than anticipated!

To extend the life of your roof and keep it looking fresh and new, you should look into professional roof cleaning services.

Here’s what you need to know about roof cleaning.

A. How Do I Know I Need a Roof Cleaning?

Even if your roof is fairly new, you might need roof cleaning services. The most obvious sign that a cleaning is necessary is visible shading or discoloration.

Algae, bacteria, and dirt create dark shadows where the shingles overlap.

If you are starting to see some of your shingles lifting, warping, or there is any moss visible, schedule a cleaning right away.

Now, this could be hard to spot if your shingles are darker in color. So, another indication to look for is dirty run-off from your gutters. If the water that runs off when it rains is dirty, that is because it is dragging off the grime from the roof.

Another warning sign is simply the age of your roof. Most roofers recommend that you schedule cleaning services within the first five years after the shingles are installed.

Then, you should have your roof cleaned every year or two after that. If you can’t remember the last time your roof was cleaned, chances are it’s time to schedule this service!

B. Can I Clean My Roof Myself?

Of course, some eager DIYers may wonder if they can just climb their roof with a hose and soap and do the job themselves.

However, you should leave roof cleaning services to the professionals for several very important reasons.

You Can Damage Your Roof

First, you can very easily damage your roof by cleaning it improperly. You need to apply some pressure to clean off built-up gunk on the shingles.

If you use too much from a hose or power washer, you can dislodge shingles.

Further, if you damage the roof yourself, you will most likely void its warranty. This means that you will have to pay for the repairs entirely out of pocket.

When you book professional roof cleaning services, you are covered under their warranty – so any damage will be paid for.

You Could Slip and Fall

There is also the risk of slipping and falling if you try to clean the roof yourself. The water runoff makes the roof quite slippery, so the chances of this happening are quite high. There is no need to put yourself in harm’s way just to get your roof clean! Just let professional roof cleaners handle it.

You Need Specific Cleaning Chemicals

Water isn’t enough to really get your roof clean. You need to use specific chemicals which will kill bacteria and algae so they won’t just grow right back.

Professional roof cleaning services use special equipment to coat the shingles in these chemicals and safely wash all the dirt, bacteria, and algae away.

C. What Can I Expect from a Roof Cleaning?

So, what happens during a roof cleaning?

First, you will get an estimated cost depending on the size of your roof. You may also want to schedule a roof tune-up first to check that there are no damaged areas or leaks which could cause issues during the cleaning.

Next, cleaners will come and prepare your home for the wash. They may cover windows and any gardens or foliage so they aren’t damaged by the runoff. They will then brush off any built-up leaves and branches from the roof and get to cleaning.

Depending on the size of your roof, a cleaning typically only takes a couple of hours. You can see results right away – and your roof can look dramatically lighter, cleaner, and even newer.



It is highly recommended that you schedule a roof cleaning during the warmer months rather than fall or winter. This ensures that the sun will be shining to quickly dry out the shingles – and you won’t need to worry about fall leaves or snow.

D.  Ready to Book a Roof Cleaning?

If it’s been a while since your roof was cleaned and you’ve noticed some signs it could use a wash, don’t hesitate to reach out for roof cleaning services.

At William. C. Rott & Son, we’ve helped thousands of homeowners in the Buffalo, NY area extend the life of their roofs through cleanings.

Contact us for a free estimate and schedule a roof cleaning today!

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4 Ways Buffalo Homeowners Can Extend the Life of Their Roof

We don’t often think about the state of our home’s roof until we run into issues like leaks or missing shingles. Roofs go through a lot of wear and tear – especially in Buffalo. The inclement weather, heavy snowfall, extreme temperature changes, and hours of direct sunlight can really take a toll, causing your roof to wear down faster than you’d like. The harsh elements of the western side of the state make roofing in Buffalo a top priority.

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5 Tips for Finding the Best Contractor for Roofing in Buffalo, NY

All roofs need repairs or replacements eventually – especially in upstate New York. Roofing in Buffalo, NY in particular is a task that requires frequent attention, as the city is known for long, harsh winters with heavy snowfall and hot summers.

Replacing or repairing the roof of your home is very important. Removing old roofing materials and installing new shingles requires a lot of skill and know-how. There are lots of factors to consider when it comes to roofing houses.

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All Around WNY: Summer Projects

Summer is officially in full swing and we’ve been busy helping as many Western New York homeowners as possible as our busy season continues!

Over the past few weeks, we’ve helped repair damaged roofs, installed new roofs, and even installed a beautiful set of bay windows! Read on to take a peek at some of the projects we’ve been working on…

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All Around WNY: New Spring Projects

It’s been a busy spring for our team, helping as many homeowners as possible before the summer season arrives!

Over the past few weeks, we’ve helped repair damaged roofs, installed new roofs & siding, and even replaced a set of windows with a sliding glass door! Read on to take a peek at some of the projects we’ve been working on…

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Update For Customers, From Steve Rott – William C. Rott & Son


First and foremost, I’d like to thank everyone for their patience, support, and understanding these past 8 months. While we are in a time of uncertainty and concern, knowing you can always count on the support of friends, families, neighbors and more means the world to us.

As we enter this Winter season, I wanted to remind and reassure you that we’re able to continue working and we’re doing everything we can to keep our customers, our team members, and our families safe.

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William C. Rott All Around WNY in Winter: Roofing, Siding, Soffits, & More

It may be cold out there, but our team has been outside working hard all winter long! We’ve been helping shield homes all around Western New York.

Installing new siding, roofing, or even just a soffit can transform a home in so many ways—not only from a protection standpoint but aesthetically as well. Some of our siding jobs especially have made the home look brand new!

Let’s take a look at some of the recent projects we’ve been up to so far this winter…

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Roofing in the Winter

Yes! We do roofs in the winter.

Here at William C. Rott, we love working in the winter and fully believe that any damage done by winter can also be fixed in the winter.

A lot of people think we’re crazy for repairing roofs in the winter. But here’s the thing: Buffalo needs someone to repair roofs in the winter. If your roof gets seriously damaged by the harsh weather, you can’t always afford to wait until the spring…

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OSB vs Plywood

There’s been a lot of buzz on our Facebook page recently — one hot topic in particular is about offering OSB instead of Plywood. People might say, “How dare you use that cheap stuff?”

But the question is, is OSB actually worse than Plywood? Or are they even that different at all?

Back in the old days, particle board was not good, so we know where everyone’s coming from with their argument. But the truth is, it’s really improved over the years, and today, OSB actually can get the job done just as well.

One of the main differences between OSB and plywood is really the price.

That’s why we offer both options, and in the end, we’re proud to make the best recommendation for you, your job, and your budget… and make sure the job gets done right.

Allow Steve to tell you more…



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Squirrel resurrection

My wife came in the house Saturday afternoon. She whispered squeamishly that she had come upon a squirrel, who appeared to be expiring in our driveway. I went outside and found a shivering, wet, and immobile little squirrel.  The poor thing lying helpless on its side. For pity’s sake, my wife thought asphyxiation would be the thing, offering to fetch a plastic bag. Even though she was probably right, I choose to err on the side of, ‘you never know’. What can I say… I don’t possess the Kevorkian gene.

So instead, we scooped him into a cardboard box, and wrapped him in a towel. It looked more than a little bleak, but he seemed to appreciate his last rights care. I checked on him a couple times, without hope. Upon the third inspection, he was up right, seemingly dry, and alert. He seems to have recovered and was very excited over our garage and care.

Similarly people may have a roof that seems to be breathing it’s last breath. Leaking more fluids than an expiring tree rodent. Others may write it off and recommend a plastic bag, but it’s not uncommon for us to save what appears lost.

That squirrel’s recovery was possible due to an answered prayer. A reminder that it is always worth a little more investigation. Now I smile when I hear the rustling tree branches around our home, a nostalgic reminder of rodent repair. A squirrely lesson to never give up.

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Impetuous Pooch

When school started last month, three of my kids were about to catch the bus for Ledgeview elementary. As it was Nathans first day of kindergarten, my wife’s baby; tears were sure to come. It promised to be a memorable send off. Pictures were taken, hugs and kisses were lavished upon the soon to embark.

All was perfect, that is, until a certain 2 year old shiatsu decided to dart across the busy, very busy, Goodrich rd., to say hello to a passing Rottweiler. I darted close behind him, holding up hands, hoping the speeding cars would recognize my authority to stop the forces of nature, and laws of physics. Well, call it luck, or providence, I’m just thankful the memory of a squashed family pet was not the one that launched this year’s first day of school.

Similarly, as people get ready to embark on the journey of getting a roof; they have all their ducks getting lined up to board that roofing bus when suddenly, the cheap price squirrel comes darting across their path, drawing them into the low quality, oncoming traffic, where things probably won’t end as well as it did for my kids and our impetuous pooch.
Steve Rott – Wm. C Rott, Shield your home.

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