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.

Soft Wash Roof Cleaning Tampa

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Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa (813)655-8777, and our exclusive to us no pressure soft wash roof cleaning process, fully comply with the asphalt shingle and tile roof manufactures guidelines. (A.R.M.A.) We guarantee in writing that our roof cleaner will NOT harm your roof. Our soft wash cleaning solution is made up of algaecides, mildewcides, soaps and water. Our soft wash , no pressure, chemical roof cleaning system is the safest and longest lasting for all asphalt shingle, tile and metal roofs in Tampa. The exclusive soft wash system we use and develpoed actually kills and removes the algae, mold and mildew that are discoloring your tile, metal, or shingle roof.Then the exclusive growth retardant roof treatment chemical that only we offer, ensures that your soft wash roof cleaning will stay beautiful for much longer, then roofs cleaned any other way.

You can spend more money, but you can not buy better looking, or longer lasting,  shingle, metal, or tile roof cleaning in Tampa, then what we have to offer you!

We are not house painters, window cleaners, or yard guys, masquerading a roof cleaners, we are Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa (813)655-8777

We did not win this award below for nothing!

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

Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa (813)655-8777 takes great care and all precautions when dealing with your landscaping, home and ourselves. We never work alone; We only work in 2-3 person teams.

  • First person is the “dedicated ground man.” Their job is to continuously water the ground, plants, and home during the entire time.
  • Second person is the one who is fully trained and Certified by the Roof Cleaning Institute Of America to spray the soft wash chemical on the roof, and rinse it when finished.
  • Third person (if needed) is assisting the rinsing of chemicals and grounds on larger jobs.

 

No Pressure Soft Wash Roof Cleaning w/protective treatment coating:

    On arrival we do a full walk of the roof and inspect the it for any damage, including excessive loss of granules, tree damage, cracked or missing shingles, cracked pipe jacks, etc. And before any soft wash  chemicals are applied we completely water the ground, plants and home.
Then we apply an even coat of our soft wash  roof cleaner solution. Wait 10-15 minutes to allow the roof cleaner to go to work and break up the algae rooted in the shingles surface. (This is the most important part of the soft wash  roof stain removal.) If needed, we will apply a second and even a 3rd coat of our roof cleaner to guarantee your shingles are completely free of the algae so you know you have a clean roof. 

After the roof cleaner has done its job, we completely rinse everything with a garden hose (no pressure) to remove the algae without doing any damage. Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa (813)655-8777 never ever uses high pressure, or stiff bristle brushes, as this can damage things further.

Once the roof is free of algae the protective coat goes to work, these exclusive to us roof treatment chemicals are already mixed in with the cleaner, and start to work immediately. This keeps your roof clean and beautiful, by helping prevent the stains from coming back for many years to come.

Below are a few examples of some soft wash roof cleanings we have done, here in the Tampa area.

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If you are considering getting your roof soft washed (because you don’t want the broken tiles or shingle roof damage from pressure washing) call Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa (813)655-8777

Non Pressure Roof Cleaners In Tampa

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Don’t settle for Pressure Washing your roof, just because it seems “powerful.”

Historically, brute force rarely gets the job done as well as a thought-out and planned course of action, and we prove this every time we finish cleaning a tile or asphalt shingle roof with our exclusive soft wash method.

Roof Cleaning Improves Property Value of Tampa Florida area Homes

As a home owner here in the Tampa area, you spend countless hours caring for your property. From repainting walls to replacing flooring, mowing the grass and updating the landscaping, pride in property appearance often goes hand in hand with pride in ownership, and includes caring for and updating the interior and exterior of your home.

Yet there is one area of the home that owners so often overlook, yet it has a substantial impact on the overall aesthetics of your property and its actual value in the Tampa area real estate market.

Your Shingle Or Barrel Tile Roof.

Even the most basic shingles have an impact on the value and curb appeal of your home. When clean and in good repair, the roof creates a stopping point for the eye, framing the home below and the grounds surrounding it. Yet an unsightly, dirty, algae or mold covered roof does the exact opposite, making even brand new siding, stunningly painted shutters, and well-thought-out flower beds look old, dingy and out of place.

Non Pressure Roof Cleaning dramatically improves the overall look of your home. And anything that improves the look of your home ups its property value.

Dirty roofs detract buyers. A dirty roof in Tampa automatically appears to be in disrepair, even if the shingles, tile or asphalt  membrane below are actually in good condition. In real estate, appearances are everything, and if something looks like it’s broken, the property value reflects that, even if there’s no real damage present.

Regularly cleaned roofs last longer. A new roof is expensive; there’s simply no way around it. Yet people lose years off of the lifespan of their roof simply because they fail to have it cleaned. The algae and mold that grow on roofs, causing those dirty-looking green and brown streaks, actually eat away at your roofing material. So your 30 year roof could really turn into a 20 year roof. In short, a well-maintained roof lasts longer, and properties with long-lasting, expensive features are worth more, whether it’s your roof or the durable tile you choose for your foyer.

Dirty roofs in Tampa stick out like a sore thumb. A lot of what goes into determining property value is the value of the properties surrounding it; if you’re on par with comparable homes, your property value is relatively “true.” Yet if there is something about your home that’s “less than” your neighbors’, your property value drops. Whether or not you’re planning to sell your home in the future, if you live in a deed restricted area with well-maintained roofs, yet algae and mold cover yours, it is automatically worth less than the comparable properties surrounding it. Add in branches, twigs and other debris clogging your gutters and covering recess in the roof, and the in-shambles look quickly drops your property value by thousands of dollars.

Pride in one’s property is a personal thing; some homeowners couldn’t care less, and it shows. Yet taking pride in the appearance of your Tampa area home isn’t just a social undertaking; it just makes good financial sense.

 

 

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.”

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

Do Algae Resistant Shingles Work ?

We are often asked by our customers here in Tampa, if Algae Resistant Shingles are effective, in keeping a roof clean.

Asphalt Shingles are made Algae Resistant by a patented process developed by the 3M Company.

Copper granules are embedded in the shingles. When water from Dew contacts the Copper, it leaches down the roof, slowly killing algae and bacteriological growth, and prevents roof cleaning.

This is what is claimed anyway.

Our experience is this, Algae Resistant Shingles do get dirty (we clean them here in Tampa all the time). However, they do seem to prevent the growth of Algae a few years longer then non algae resistant shingles.

Eventually, the heat and humidity here in the Tampa Florida area makes roof cleaning necessary, even for algae resistant roofing shingles.

If you have these algae resistant shingles on your roof, we may be able to assist you in getting your roof cleaned under warranty, for FREE !

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Black Stains On Roof

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It’s inevitable, your roof is going to eventually get dirty and start developing black streaks on your roofs. Your roof might not show these signs for a long time but eventually it’s something you are going to have to deal with. Most people don’t really notice the roof stains on buildings until it happens to our own house. Just look at all the houses you pass by each day and you’ll most definitely notice black stains on some of the roofs. This isn’t good and it needs to be taken care of right away.

Roof cleaning is extremely important as it can damage the roof if not taken care of immediately. It will also really increase the curb appeal of your house, which is always a good thing. This is especially true if you’re trying to sell your home. It’s one of the first things someone will notice when driving up to your house to get a look at it.

 One thing about developing roof stains on your home is that the affected area won’t be even across the roof but it will instead appear in patches. Some spots will be relatively clean while others have very noticeable spots or streaks on them. This is because certain parts of a roof won’t get as much sun as other parts. It could be because of trees that cast shadows onto the roof or just the fact that the roof faces north which won’t get as much sun as the side facing the south. This will lead to the moisture staying in the shady areas of a roof longer than spots that get more sun.

Moss is one of the more common growths you will find growing on your roof shingles. Also, black algae are another common growth on roofs that get a lot of moisture on them. These things need to be taken care of immediately because the damage they can do is surprising. They can eat right through your shingles and will spread around your roof doing even more harm.  Don’t delay get yourroof cleaned today.

Is Your Roof Being Ruined ?

Some people here in the Tampa Florida area, consider a dirty shingle roof to be just a cosmetic problem. Oh sure, they do realize there is a plant growing on their roof. And some of them know that plant can spread to their driveway, house, and even to the neighbors house. But they are under the mistaken impression that a filthy dirty roof is nothing more then a reason for their property managers or homeowners associations to “pick on them”.

This video clearly shows the damage that can be caused to a shingle roof if it is not cleaned.

Roof Damage From Algae and Lichens

What’s Growing on Your Roof!

Here is a video from our friend Barry Maddox. Barry has been providing great information about cleaning roofs for years. This video explains exactly what is growing up there on your roof, and what you can do about it.

There seems to be a lot of misinformation being put on the Internet lately by commercial interests who want to sell you their roof cleaning products. Barry’s Video will give you the real information you need to know.