Baker leaves oilfield behind, begins own roof cleaning business

Published 9:15 am Saturday, March 26, 2022

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Alan Baker wanted to find something different to do when he returned home and launched a new business called South States Roof Cleaning in Andalusia.

Baker worked in the oil field several years and chose to leave that career behind for a newer opportunity. South States Roof Cleaning began in November 2021 and was welcomed by the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday.

“We offer soft washing, roof cleaning, concrete cleaning, and do various pressure washing. I specialize in the soft wash systems, which do not damage the house while it’s being washed and don’t damage the roof while trying to clean it. I’m licensed and insured to do both commercial and residential properties,” he said.

South States wants to start locally and possibly expand outside the community one day.

Alan and Shonda Baker

“I want to focus on Andalusia and the surrounding areas in our county. I am also looking at Enterprise, Dothan, Crestview, and would go to a big job at the beach if I were to get something down there.”

He knows it is important to offer a reputable service to those in the community. “I like to be able to provide an honest and good job to get people what they pay for. I stand behind my work because that’s something that’s lacking everywhere in the industry in this day and time,” Baker said.

He added that it really depends on the customer’s personal preference as to how often they want to have their roof cleaned.

“When it comes to the main reason, you have the satisfaction of a new-looking roof. When you get what are basically algae on your roof, it will spread and thrives on heat. The main thing is getting your roof back to your satisfaction and looking like it is in new condition. It’s important to maintain your roof every three years if you want it to stay looking good. It’s basically all up to how you want it to look. It also depends on the type of environment around with trees having a lot of spores falling onto the roof. We do all kinds of roofs.”

Baker is currently the only one working but has hopes to bring an additional worker on board in the future. “I plan on getting a full-time employee to join me and do the work. That will give me the chance to run everything in the background. My long-term goal is to get business and get customers. The ultimate plan is to have the day-to-day work, which will allow me to focus on the scheduling, quotes, and operations side.”

South States Roof Cleaning is located at 701 Sanford Road in Andalusia.

For more information call 334-764-WASH (9274) or find South States Roof Cleaning on Facebook and online at