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A Good Roof Cleaning Article

Here is a really good roof cleaning article that was partially written by our good friend Marcus Raif of Katy Memorial Roof Cleaning in Texas. Marcus is a fellow member of the Roof Cleaning Institute Of America, and is also an RCIA Certified Roof Cleaner.

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Think You Need a New Roof? A Cleaning Instead Might Do

Patti Hollingshead thought she needed a new roof.

The Pittsburgh resident’s roof was covered with moss and black streaks.

“It looked terrible,” Hollingshead said. “It looked like it was in poor condition. We had a roofer look at it but got an astronomical estimate. It was tens of thousands of dollars for a new roof.”

The roofing company told Hollingshead that they’d be happy to replace her roof, but that she really didn’t need it. What she needed was for it to be cleaned.

Over the past two decades, more homeowners across the U.S. have experienced the very same issues with their roofs as Hollingshead. Gloeocapsa magma, a type of bacteria that presents as the black streaks, is the culprit.

“About 15 years ago, in the manufacturing process, (fiberglass) roof manufacturers added limestone in the asphalt shingle mix,” explained Brad Iannacchione of Soapy Roof in New Kensington, Pa. “That’s what (the bacteria) enjoys eating.”

Though there’s no demonstrated proof that the bacterium is harmful to roofs, industry experts say it can lead to premature rotting of the shingles if left untreated. Plus, the appearance of those streaks can lower a home’s value if you’re trying to sell it. In an effort to curtail unnecessary roof replacement, some insurance companies are even making it a requirement homeowners have their roofs cleaned, or risk losing their policy. A professional roof cleaning will usually rid those black streaks for five years or longer.

“The biggest reason is aesthetics, as far as making sure your house looks nice again and clean,” Raif said. “(Plus), the black on the roof raises the attic temperatures within the house. It can reduce your electric bills by reducing the heating of your attic by getting rid of the black streaks.”

Both Iannacchione and Marcus Raif of Katy Memorial Services in Katy, Texas, recommend a non-pressurized cleaning as the most effective method for removing the black streaks.

“You’ll blow the granules off an asphalt roof” with pressure washing, Raif said.

 

 

“The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association recommends you don’t use any pressure whatsoever on the roof.”

The “soft-wash” method using a chlorine-based chemical wash is the best way homeowners should go for a roof cleaning, both experts say.

“We don’t use any more pressure than a garden hose to spray our cleaning solution” on the roof, Iannacchione said. “By the time we leave, the roof is 99 percent clean. The other 1 percent will be gone after the first rain. A lot of times, homeowners themselves will get up there with the pressure washer, and frankly, it works. It will take care of those black streaks. Unfortunately, those folks just ruined their roofs, in my opinion, because there are a lot of different granules and little stones on the shingles. I’ve talked to a lot of different roofing manufacturers, and it will actually void the warranty that homeowner has for the roof.”

Before hiring a company to clean, ask about the method the technicians will use. Raif said he’s certified by the Roof Cleaning Institute of America. Check that the company carries liability and workers’ compensation insurance, so you’re protected in the event they cause unforeseen damage or someone gets injured on the job. A roof cleaning for homes can range in price from about $250 to $1,000 or more, depending on the size of the home, pitch of the roof and how dirty it is.

If you do decide to have your roof cleaned, be sure the company protects grass, shrubs and flowers from runoff. Both Raif and Iannacchione said their companies always send two technicians to the job; one who applies the cleaner and one who stands on the ground, constantly saturating the grass and plants with water from a hose.

Hollingshead said she noticed an immediate difference after having her roof cleaned and is glad she didn’t pay to replace it.

“They did an absolutely excellent job,” Hollingshead said. “He came out and did the roof in about five hours. It’s absolutely immaculate. It looks like a new roof. The roof was in good condition, but it didn’t show it. But now that it’s cleaned, it really looks like a brand new roof. It saved us tens of thousands of dollars.”

Roof Cleaning Riverview FL

Riverview Florida is a community just south of Tampa, with several deed restricted subdivisions. We do quite a bit of shingle and tile roof cleaning in Riverview. Here are some roofs we have cleaned in the Boyette Springs and Riverglen subdivisions in Riverview.

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If you need safe, non pressure roof cleaning, call us at 813 655 8777 for a free cost estimate.

Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning

No Pressure Washing Roof Cleaning

Here is a short video of our good friend Chuck Bergman using the no pressure washing roof cleaning process on a shingle roof.

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Chuck has over 20 years of Florida roof cleaning experience like we do. He is also an instructor at the roof cleaning institute www.roofcleaninginstitute.org  like we are.

We never us any form of pressure washing on any roof we clean, ever!

 

Non Pressure Roof Cleaning In Tampa

If you are looking for non pressure roof cleaning in Tampa, be aware it is not “all the same”.

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We get people calling us (often, our phone rings off the hook) who will say “I have a 2500 sq ft shingle roof in Tampa Palms, and a 2 car garage, so what is your price to clean it”?
Though some of these nice, but misinformed people live in homes worth well in excess of 350.000.00, they will shop and shop for roof cleaning services based solely on price, and not the safety of their roofs!
What is gained by saving 50.00 dollars, when the integrity and longevity of your roof is going to be compromised.
Contrary to what you may have been told by well meaning neighbors and friends, strong chemical roof cleaning solutions can remove granules from a shingle roof as well as, or even faster, then pressure cleaning can.

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A dangerous method of so called “non pressure roof cleaning in tampa” involves spraying pure swimming pool chlorine onto your roof !
This will harm your shingles as much, or even more, then pressure washing, and will void your shingle warranty.

Ever see roof shingles curl up, dry out, and fall apart ?
Get your roof cleaned this way, wait a year, and you will.

It can also kill your plants.
We have seen yards look like barren lunar landscapes for months, even years, after just one application.

Dead shrubs front window

The right way to clean a shingle or tile roof is to apply a lot of a weak, non pressure roof cleaning solution.

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Because some companies lack our equipment, they apply a smaller amount of a dangerously strong toxic chemical solution.

A tiny battery powered pump, and a small tank are sure signs of this method.
Look at their equipment before you hire them, is it a huge, dedicated to roof cleaning truck with a huge tank and big air powered non pressure roof cleaning pump ?
Or is it simply the small trailer of a weekend warrior part timer, with a small battery powered pump and a small tank.

A small battery powered pump is simply incapable of applying a large enough amount of the weak A.R.M.A approved solution to properly and safely clean your roof.
Dont say we didnt try and warn you.

Our big, dedicated roof cleaning trucks, our unique high volume air powered pumps, and our large tanks are necessary for A.R.M.A compliance.
We use 200- 300 gallons of a safe, A.R.M.A approved solution on an average house, and we often do more than one a day.
This is what it takes to do it right.

Remember, it costs no more to have it done right.
We will meet or beat any written quote for equivalent non pressure roof cleaning, and you will get the peace of mind of knowing it will not void your shingle warranty.

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Call Apple Non Pressure Roof Cleaning Tampa at 813 655 8777 for a free estimate…
Why fool around ???

Tile Roof Cleaning New Tampa FL 33647

Apple Tile Roof Cleaning 813 655 8777 are RCIA Certified, and trained in the latest advancements in our Trade.

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If you live in any of these New Tampa Communities

 
  • Arbor Greene
  • Cory Lake Isles
  • Cross Creek
  • Easton Park
  • Grand Hampton
  • Heritage Isles
  • Hunter’s Green
  • Kingshyre
  • Live Oak Preserve
  • Meadow Creek
  • Misty Creek
  • Pebble Creek
  • Richmond Place
  • Tampa Palms
  • West Meadows

near Zip Code 33647, and have a Barrel Tile, Flat Tile, Ceramic or Cement Tile, Clay Tile, or a Slate Roof, give us a call for a free consultation and estimate on the cost of cleaning it.

Here is a video we made out of pictures of some of our past Tile Roof Cleaning jobs.

Many of these homes were in New Tampa. Some are in Hunters Green, and some are in Tampa Palms.

All these tile roofs, and the one slate one, were cleaned w/o walking on them, using manlifts.

Every roof we clean is evaluated for both our safety, and if it can be walked on safely, w/o breaking the roof tiles.

Some of these New Tampa Florida area customers received roof cleaning letters from their homeowners associations. Some wanted their tile roofs cleaned for other reasons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeowners Insurance Cancelled Because Of Dirty Roof

In the last few years, we have been cleaning roofs for customers here in the Tampa Florida area, who were told to get their roofs cleaned by their homeowners insurance companies.

Since the past tropical storms, floods, and hurricanes that have come through the Tampa Florida area, Homeowners Insurance Companies have got very picky about who they will insure.

We are told that many of them are demanding current and potential customers to have their roofs safely cleaned, or face cancellation or refusal of Insurance!

It is not just happening here in Florida either, as this video shows.

 

 

If you have received a roof cleaning letter from your current or potential Homeowners Insurance Company, we can help.

Call us at 813-655-8777 for a free, no obligation estimate of roof cleaning cost.

Cleaning Tile Roof Tampa Palms With Manlift

Here are some slideshow pictures you can watch of a tile roof we cleaned using our manlift, in the Reserve at Tampa Palms. http://www.flickr.com/photos/roof-cleaning-tampa/sets/72157622504512900/show/

Though we could have easily and safely walked on these particular roof tiles (every roof is evaluated for safety), our customer was told not to allow any roof cleaning company to walk on her roof. So, she paid the extra money required for the use of a manlift, for her own peace of mind.

At our company, we never forget who hired us, and who the Boss really is. We told this nice lady that it was safe to walk on her tile roof, and that we guarantee in writing not to break any tiles, or we will pay for the repairs. We tried our best to save her the unneeded expense of bringing out a manlift to this job, but her Tampa Roofing Contractor told her not to allow any one to walk on her roof!

We are experts in the use of manlifts for cleaning fragile tile roofs, as well as steep non walkable ones as well.

Pressure Washing requires walking over nearly every tile on the roof, but our non pressure tile roof cleaning process does not.

The job came out wonderful, and she told us that the Tampa Palms Homeowners Association, who sent her a roof cleaning letter, was happy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Church Roof Cleaning Tampa Florida

Here is a church roof we cleaned south of Tampa in Ruskin, Florida.

We are the founders of The Roof Cleaning Institute Of America. Students come here to the Tampa area, to learn how to clean roofs safely, w/o using any pressure washing.

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We are always looking for large, difficult to clean roofs, like the one on this Church, to provide training opportunities for our roof cleaning students.

Because our students pay for us their roof cleaning training, we pass along the savings to Churches, and other non profit organizations here in the Tampa Florida area.

This Church was cleaned by our employees, because we did not have any students, at the time this job was done.

Because this roof was so steep, we emulsified our cleaning chemicals, for less run off, and more dwell time. You can see the roof cleaning chemical we call “Applesauce” cling to the steep, near vertical shingle roof surface.

We also installed temporary collection bags, on the downspouts of all the gutters, to collect and keep the roof cleaning chemical from effecting the beautiful landscaping of this Church.

The Pastor of this Church south of Tampa was delighted with our work, and even mentioned what a great job we did, after a Sunday Sermon!

From the cleaning of this Church Roof, we must have cleaned 25 other parishioners, who attend services there.

If you know of a Church in the Greater Tampa Florida area, that needs non pressure roof cleaning at reduced cost, we are always looking for training opportunities for our students.

All our work is done w/o using any pressure washing, and is guaranteed in writing to be safe for any roof. All roof cleaning training is supervised by an on site RCIA superintendent.

In fact, many of our “roof cleaning students” are actually experienced professionals in our Trade, who come here to Florida seeking their Roof Cleaning Certification Certificate.

They are required to demonstrate proficiency and competence to our RCIA Certified Roof Cleaning Instructors, so they can display the RCIA Certification Badge, on their websites, and in their advertising.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop Cleaning Your Roof !

If you live in a Tampa area deed restricted community, why wait for the Algae to grow on your shingle or barrel tile roof ?
Your asphalt shingle or tile roof will get black stains, and you will get that nasty letter from the homeowners association.

If they see a dirty shingle or tile roof, it can bring about a full blown inspection of your property !
God only know what other violations they will find !
This is how they “Punish ” you for breaking the homeowners association rules.

Save Money, and take away their power over you.
Call us BEFORE the algae takes over your shingle or barrel tile roof.

We offer an inexpensive once a year Algaecide application.
This will keep the Algae off of your shingle or tile roof, and save you money .
Plus you get the respect of your neighbors for keeping your place up.
As well as longer roof life, and lower air conditioning bills.
Call for a free, no obligation roof treatment estimate 813-655-8777