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Smart Commercial Roofs – choosing smart solar and green roof


A smart solution for a commercial roof would be a roof that provides quality
protection from the elements, a roof that is durable and doesn’t need a lot of
maintenance, a roof that is energy efficient and decreases the overall utility bills of
the building.
With the growing concerns for our climate, the environment and the general quality of life, the roofing industry is also taking necessary steps to play their part in the preservation of our planet. With the attention increasingly shifting towards the environment, conservation of energy, and energy efficiency, one of the most important characteristics of a roofing system is to be sustainable or green.
The direction in which the majority roofing companies are going is towards reducing carbon emissions and towards a greener product. When it comes to smart, green roof solutions, the choice is usually between solar and green roofs.

There is a detailed study in the Journal of Industrial Ecology assessing roof types for buildings , and according to it, the two best solutions for roofs when it comes to energy efficiency and the environmental impact of the entire process of production and installation of roofs, are solar and green roofs, for both warmer and colder climates.

1) Solar roofs
According to the study in the Journal of Industrial Ecology mentioned above, solar roofs have been found to be the best option when it comes to the overall environmental impact. Using only natural, renewable energy, they create their own green energy and help reduce the carbon emissions.
They also perform best when it comes to the building’s energy efficiency. Throughout the
day, the solar panels keep the ceiling cooler, preventing it from absorbing too much heat
from the sun, and during night they function as insulation by holding in the heat. So they
keep the building cooler during summer, and function as insulation during winter, reducing the need for heating and cooling, and decreasing the overall utility costs.

2) Green roofs
Green roofs are experiencing a surge in popularity when it comes to commercial roofing.
Companies are realizing that “going green” and being eco-friendly is both environmentally and financially favorable, so they are expanding their services to green and sustainable roof options which are increasingly in demand in the last few years.
They are very durable due to the waterproofing membrane on top of which the plants are
planted. It retains water, prevents runoff and therefore prevents moisture, leakages and
erosion of the building. The membrane also serves as a protection from UV rays and it
regulates the temperature, preventing the building from overheating or overcooling.

3) Smart green roofs
One step further in production of green roofs is automation of its monitoring and
maintenance. It can be done through the use of sensors, which could be solar powered.
Smart sensors would collect data on the temperature, water evaporation, etc.
Except said to lower the cost of roof maintenance, green roofs improve the air quality of the area, especially if there are more buildings with green roofs out there. As they also function as insulation, both in winter and summer, green roofs will undoubtedly decrease the energy consumption and with it the utility costs. They prevent the building from heating or cooling too much, so there is far less need for air conditioning in summer and heating in winter.
With less energy consumption, the emission of greenhouse gases is also lower.

Will Copper Strips Keep Your Roof Clean ?

Roof cleaning measures such as pressure washing can remove or roughen the surface of the roofing material, reducing the intended productive life of the roof. At best it is a messy, temporary solution which would need to be repeated frequently. This sort of procedure also does nothing to kill the spores that created the Algae and Black Mold.  Plus, Pressure Washing will damage your roof! Look at some of the damage it can cause below.

Copper Strips is a natural “solution” to roof moss, algae and mold problems.
We feel Copper Strips perform far better then Zinc Strips do here in the Tampa, Florida area.
When fitted on a clean roof, the Copper Strip will HELP, but not totally prevent plant growth on your Florida Roof by exposure to air and water which causes the copper to oxidise, creating Copper Sulphate which runs down the length of your roof in the rain water.

This is deadly to roof plant spores and will therefore HELP keep your roof free from Algae. This effect is obvious under copper vent pipes or lead flashing’s under chimneys.

Copper Strips —the low cost, natural alternative to repetitive roof cleaning, HELPS put an end to moss, algae and Mold on your Tampa Florida roof.

Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa feels the Copper Strips work, to a degree.
In our opinion, they are “better then NO roof protection”.
Plus, the Copper Strips look FAR better in our opinion, taking on a nice Copper Patina over time.

It is our GOAL here at Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa to make this your LAST roof cleaning.
If you choose to have us clean your roof, we will gladly SHOW you some simple steps you can take to KEEP your Florida Roof clean forever!

Call Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Florida at 813 655 8777, and make this the LAST time you ever have to clean your Florida Roof!

Call us today for an informative roof cleaning chat, or a free, no-obligation quotation.

Cleaning Black Roof Algae Tampa Florida

Is there Black Roof Algae on your Tampa Roof ?  
Algae growth on  roofs has reached unprecedented levels in many parts of Florida today. It creates a dull and dirty appearance which can reduce the value of your Florida home. Roofing materials like tiles, slates, cement and asbestos all become dull and weakened by Algae and Black Mold growth. Even the thinnest layer of Algae and Black Mold is a problem because it acts like a sponge, absorbing water, which increases the weight and stress on your Florida roof, shortening its productive life. Heat damage is another problem when there is Algae and Black Mold on your roof as it can push the tiles up and crack them.

Much of Tampa Florida’s unprecedented spread of roof Algae and Black Mold can be traced to the Clean Air Act which reduced the output of Sulphur (poisonous to moss) into the atmosphere via coal and fossil burning power stations, or domestic fires and unleaded fuel. Roof Algae which would have been previously killed off by this sulphur in the Florida atmosphere now requires direct action or roof cleaning to prevent its spread.

Roof cleaning measures such as pressure washing can remove or roughen the surface of the roofing material, reducing the intended productive life of the roof. At best it is a messy, temporary solution which would need to be repeated frequently. This sort of procedure also does nothing to kill the spores that created the Algae and Black Mold.

Our no pressure roof cleaning process not only cleans your roof safely, it also kills this Algae, so it doesn’t grow back so fast!

Roof Washing South Tampa

Here is a roof we washed in the South Tampa area. This roof washing job came from a well known realtor, who specializes in South Tampa real estate. The idea was to have the roof washed, and then get the home on the market, ASAP.

Real Estate here in the Tampa Florida is currently at an all time high, so now is a great time to sell your home. A filthy dirty roof can stop a home sale, and a clean roof shows so much better. As you can see by the pictures below, our non pressure roof washing made this roof look almost brand new! As long as a roof has never been cleaned the wrong way (pressure washed), often we can make it look almost brand new, with a proper cleaning.

If you have a dirty roof in the Tampa Florida area, and want it to look brand new, call us at 813-655-8777 for a free estimate. Most of the time, was can use Google Earth to see and estimate your roof, and can offer an immediate roof washing estimate by telephone.

Tile Roof Cleaning Company Tampa Florida

Apple is the most experienced Tile Roof Cleaning Company in the entire Tampa Florida area. We are a real certified roof cleaning company.  We are not yard guys who clean tile roofs, not handymen, painters, or Pressure Washers, who clean a tile roof every now and then. 90% of our business is cleaning tile roofs, in the Tampa Bay area.

RCIA Certified Tile Roof Cleaning Company

Here are a few before and after pictures of our work.

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We guarantee in writing not to damage your flat or barrel tile roof, and use lifts to prevent walking on delicate surfaces.

Cleaning Tile Roof Tampa palms non pressure washing tile roof cleaning new tampa fl

We have been cleaning shingle and tile roofs here in the Tampa Florida area over 25 years, so if you want the best service you can get, give us a call at (813) 655-8777 for a free estimate. 90% of the time, we are able to give you an immediate idea of what your roof cleaning cost is going to be, right over the telephone!

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Apple Roof Cleaning 813-655-8777 Won The Chamber Of Commerce Small Business Of The Year Award in 2002

Clean Your Roof Before You Sell Your Home

Don’t Let a Dirty Roof Turn Away Prospective  Buyers

Roof Cleaning
In the rush to dispel clutter, clean every square inch, and make sure the lawn looks green and inviting.  Homeowners who are making preparations to sell often completely forget about a part of their home that will be visible in every exterior marketing photo, and from the curb. This part of the home is the roof – one of the hardest working, and most
expensive parts of the average home.

Appearances are important when selling a home
Because today’s roofing materials are higher in quality than they once were, a home’s
existing roof may have decades of wear left before it will need replaced. If, however, the
roof’s surface is marred by stains and dirt or coated with rotting leaves or a layer of moss, buyers may automatically assume the roof is in poor condition and lose interest in the home. No matter how clean, neat, and attractive the interior of the home is, buyers who are turned off by the appearance of the roof may change their mind about viewing it, causing the seller to lose out on a potential offer.

Small issues can quickly morph into expensive problems
Another concern about a dirty, unkept roof is the potential for underlying problems to
develop. This is especially true when leaves, acorns, and other debris settle into the low
points of the roof where seams are located. Over time, this debris can become saturated
with rain and even more solidly packed, working its way under the shingles and into
flashed areas where it can cause leaks to form.
When this type of build up is allowed to stay on the roof for long periods the potential for damage can become even worse. Moisture and exposure to the sun can cause the layers to act like a compost pile, which decomposes organic matter and turns it into rich soil.

During the composting process, the materials will produce a surprising amount of heat
that can cause even more damage to the roof.
If not quickly corrected by cleaning away the build up of organic matter and allowing the
surface to dry, the heat may cause damage to the roofing material and the supports
underneath. For the homeowner, this means an increased risk of interior leaks, moisture
damage to insulation, wood, and drywall and even an increased risk of mold, mildew, as well as Algae issues.

Good selling experiences start with a clean roof
Sellers who take time to make sure that their home’s roof is clean and attractive will be
helping to boost their curb appeal and make sure that buyers want to see what is inside. If the roof appears to be coated with just dust or pollen, it may be possible to use a garden hose or portable air compressor with a wand attachment to rinse or blow away dust and dirt and make the roof look neat and clean.
Homes that have had dirty roofs for some time, or those that have sap or rust stains,
however, will need a more intense approach to cleaning. A professional roof cleaning
company like Apple Roof Cleaning is usually the best option for this type of situation because we have the equipment and cleaning solutions necessary to remove dirt and stains, without harming the roofing materials.

Commercial Roof Cleaning Tampa Florida Area

Here are some condo’s south of Tampa that needed to have their shingle roofs cleaned. The Cypress Creek Association hired us to clean these shingle roofs in Ruskin, Florida.

These condo’s are actually in Sun City Center, in a Golf Community. If you have a commercial roof cleaning project you need a quote on, give us a call at 813-655-8777 for an immediate estimate by telephone. We clean all roof surfaces, shingle, tile, and metal roofs, and we carry this roof cleaning certification.

Florida Roof Replacement: When and How

The roof is the basis, the most important part of a house. It is vital as it offers protection as well as insulation, so a proper quality shingle or tile roof is essential. The roof is also arguably the most vulnerable part of your Florida home because it is exposed to the elements, more than any other part. If it is not cared for properly, it can cost you time, money and many headaches. If properly maintained and cared for, a roof in Tampa can last for decades with only minor repairs and costs. However, every roof has its service life and its quality and durability are bound to deteriorate over time, especially if exposed to heat and extreme weather conditions. Here are some of the signs that can warn you it is time for a roof replacement.
When to replace your roof – warning signs
First of all, it is important to take proper care of your roof in order for it to last as long as it can. Regular maintenance will prevent greater damage and frequent repairs, allowing your roof to live out its designated service life. After some time, on the other hand, the quality of the roof will inevitably decrease and after a few decades the roof will have to be replaced.
Age. There are roofs, probably some of the more modern and sustainable ones that can last for a very long time, but usually, the age limit for a roof here in Tampa is around 30 years. It could last a little longer, but you should be prepared to replace it in the following years, depending on the roof’s condition.
Shingles curling. The shingles on your roof can start curling in two different ways: cupping and clawing. Cupping is when the shingles’ edges start turning upwards, and clawing is when the middle of the shingles starts coming upwards. Both are signs of a worn out roof due to age, weather or some other uncontrollable conditions. Curling could potentially cause some problems, such as leaking, so it is best to start thinking about replacing the roof. It is not an immediate problem, which means that, depending on the extent of curling, the roof can last for up to five more years.
Missing or cracked shingles. Shingles can be damaged or fall off due to some extreme weather conditions or due to age. If the cracks or the missing shingles are only found in one place, then there is not much to worry about, and replacing a few shingles is not a complicated task. But if the cracks are not concentrated, then it is probably time for a replacement. The roof will probably last for a few more years in that condition.
Granules coming off. If you are starting to find some granules in your gutter and noticing them coming off the shingles’ surface, it is a sign of a worn-out roof and of a decreased quality. Its service life is slowly coming to an end, so it might be time to replace the roof. Of course, as with the previous warning signs, this is also not an urgent problem and you still have a few years before the replacement becomes inevitable.
Rotting. If the mat at the core of the shingle is made from organic compounds then it can collect moisture and cause the shingle to rot. It can be easily noticed on the roof – it is presented in the form of black spots and it causes the granules to fall off. Replacing the mat with non-organic compounds will prevent the rot from spreading. If it continues to spread and appears in more places, then it is time for a new roof.
How to replace your roof
Replacing a roof is a complex and a demanding task, and it should be done by professionals. Replacing a roof includes getting rid of the old one, securing the workplace properly, making all the necessary preparations and inspections, and eventually installing a new roof. You should research roofing contractors, check their client feedback, ask for some estimates and decide what the best option for you is.
However, if your roof demands only partial replacement or repair, that is something you could do yourself with proper skill, tools, material and guidance. If you have some broken, damaged, or missing tiles (either slates or shingles) here is how you can replace them.
To remove a broken tile and replace it you can use a slate ripper, if it is a slate, or a simple hacksaw blade for any other type. With these tools first cut the broken tile, and then you can lift a little the tiles above the broken one to pull the rest of it out. Some tiles are attached to the roof and to one another through furring strips and other can be attached by inter-locking joints. So you will also need to detach the broken tiles from the furring strips or undo the inter-locking joints. Then simply place a new tile attaching it to the furring strip, making sure it fits well, that it is firm and stable, and that it is well adjusted with the other tiles.

Cleaning Composite Roof Tile the Right Way

Tile Roof In North Tampa

Most roofs need to be cleaned every few years, especially here in the Tampa Florida area. The high volume of rain, humidity, wind and other factors make having a clean roof in this city a tough task. Regular shingles absorb a lot of moisture and become much more susceptible to algae growth and potential mold. Factors like high pollution or being near a highway can even affect how dirty your roof gets.

Having the right kind of roof tile can make all the difference when it comes to having a clean roof. Tampa roof cleaning can be a regular need, but one of the ways to reduce that is by installing composite roof tiles. They are highly durable and almost never need to be cleaned. It rains often enough in Tampa that a good natural wash from a good shower can leave these roofs looking spectacular.

Unlike regular shingles, composite roof tiles from Brava (www.bravarooftile.com) are highly weatherproof. Since they are made from recycled plastic they absorb almost zero water. The chances of algae, mold, or water damage from these roof tiles are next to nothing. If they do need to be cleaned for one reason or another it is extremely easy. When the time does comes, Apple Roof Cleaning is the company to call to clean your roof.

With all the sun that Tampa gets UV damage and roof bleaching is all too common. With Brava’s composite roof tiles there’s no need to worry about your roofing becoming faded over a few years. Their roof tiles are the only kind to be Miami-Dade Certified for their UV ray protection. This means your roof will look amazing for years to come no matter how much the Florida sun throws at it.

Composite tiles are offered in many styles like cedar shake, slate and barrel tile. Most regular clay barrel roof tiles cannot be pressure washed due to their fragile nature. A powerful stream of water will shatter the tiles almost immediately. With composite barrel tiles this is no longer an issue. The highly durable plastic can withstand a high-intensity pressure wash. In most cases an aggressive pressure washing won’t even be necessary with Brava’s roof tiles.

Most roof materials need cleaning due to algae, pollution, and regular dirt but with composite roofs you’ll rarely if ever need a full deep cleaning. When you need a roof cleaning in Tampa, give us a call at (813) 655-8777

Cleaning A Stone Coated Steel Roof In Tampa Florida

Here is a stone coated steel roof we recently cleaned in the North Tampa area. This customer has a home that is right underneath many Trees, and that accelerates the growth of the Algae and Mildew you see on this roof. Our company has worked closely with both Gerard and Decra, on the proper way to clean these roofs. This customer was sent to  us by the manufacturer of his stone coated steel roof.  As you can see by the before and after pictures, this roof has been restored to like new appearance.  If you live within 100 miles of the greater Tampa Bay Florida area, and would like a free estimate on the cleaning of your stone coated steel roof, simple call us at 813 655 8777 for a free estimate.

Apple Roof Cleaning is based in Brandon Florida, near Tampa.  If you are more then 100 miles from the greater Tampa Bay Florida area, we can suggest a qualified Stone Coated Steel Roof Cleaner in your area.  And, if you are on Florida’s East Coast, call our friends at Beacon Roof Cleaning.

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