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.

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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Commercial Roof Cleaning Tampa Florida

Here is a Red Roof Inn we just cleaned last week on Hwy 301 in Tampa, across from the Florida State Fair Grounds. LOL, it could have been called “The Black Roof Inn” because parts of it were filthy. This was a large shingle roof, and it took two coats of our Apple Sauce Roof Cleaning Chemical, to make it Red again.

Because this Red Roof Inn is very close to a major Hwy (US 301), we had to modify our Apple Sauce Roof Cleaning Chemical a little bit, to account for all the road grime plus the car and truck exhaust present on the shingle roof.

When shingle roofs like this get really dirty, it usually takes a good Tampa Rainstorm before they look their very best. The before and after the commercial roof cleaning pictures do not do this job justice, but we are far too busy to come back after a rain, just to take pictures. All these pictures were taken the same day this roof was cleaned.
I drove by the Red Roof Inn a few days ago, and the roof is absolutely spotless.
Here are the pictures of this job.

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Dark Shading On Roofs

Here is a great article written by our friends at Pacific Roof Cleaning

“Stud striping” or “structure striping” is a visible pattern that can be seen on building exteriors, typically on the north side and other shaded areas. This phenomena is a common site on building exteriors, particularly in areas where there is consistent moisture due to humidity, coastal marine layers, low lying valley fog, etc.

The dark shading is due to the proliferation of the cyano bacteria, gloeocapsa magma (GM). The pattern affect is the result of the direct contact transfer of heat from structural members such as studs, plates, headers, etc. The bacteria requires moisture to grow and flourish. The transfer of heat from framing dries the exterior surface quicker than areas where there are open or insulated bays. The result over time is a pattern, clearly showing the location of structural members below the exterior surface.

Structural striping is not limited to walls. It can also be evident on composition roofs, with rafters being the heat transferring members. While GM has infested all roof types, a pattern due to the bacteria can typically be found at unheated areas such as eaves and overhangs. This perimeter roof shading is particularly obvious when the attic space has not been well insulated and allows heat from the home into the attic area.

In general, wood and tile roofs do not show a patterned growth of GM. This is because wood shingle and shake roofs have moderate insulating properties. Properly installed tile roofs create a natural thermal break and generally do not come into direct contact with heat transferring structural members.
Darker colors tend to hide the bacteria while lighter colors make the shading more obvious. As the bacteria develops and darkens with time, structural framing, heated and non-heated areas and even areas with irregular insulation become clearly visible. Solid building materials such as brick and mortar are equally affected by GM but there is no pattern due to internal heat transfer.
Commercial surfaces accentuate structural striping

Smaller residential homes with many windows, doors and comparatively smaller surface areas tend to obscure the pattern effect. On the other hand, commercial buildings with large monotone surfaces accentuate the effects of structural striping. Typically, commercial building walls show the consistent stud pattern that results from both metal and wood studs.

The best way to remove stud striping

The safest and most effective method to remove the bacteria that causes stud striping is using a chemical “soft wash” cleaning. This is true for at least two reasons. The first reason is that soft wash cleaning eradicates the bacteria that is the source of the problem. While using high pressure may remove the visible bacteria from the surface, it does not kill it. The great results from the soft wash method last much longer than cleaning with pressure. Another reason for using the soft wash method is that it causes no damage. Many of the exterior surfaces where stud striping is evident can be damaged from the use of high pressure. Chemical cleaning uses no more pressure than a garden hose; yet the results are fast, thorough and effective.

Shingle Roof Cleaning

Apple Roof Cleaning specializes in the cleaning of really steep, dangerous roofs others walk away from. We have a man lift we use for cleaning steep non walkable shingle and tile roofs. We are a nationally recognized Roof Cleaning Training Company, teachers of the very latest advances in safe, non pressure roof cleaning methods. Click the picture above for more information, or simply call us for a free estimate by telephone at 813-655-8777

Tile Roof Cleaning

tile-roof-cleaning-tampaPressure Washing a flat cement tile, ceramic tile, or barrel tile roof, will often break or damage it. Pressure Washing a tile roof requires walking all over it. If all that walking around doesn’t bust up your roof tiles, the high pressure certainly can. Pressure Washing Tile Roofs does not kill the plant (Algae) that is growing up there, it merely scatters this still living plant all over the place! It is not unusual for a Tampa area Homeowner who had their Tile Roof Pressure Washed, to have to get their homes and screen rooms/pool decks cleaned shortly after this crude, and obsolete cleaning method! We’re RCIA Certified Non Pressure Tile Roof Cleaning experts, we’ll take care of you! Click the picture for more information, or simply call us at 813-655-8777.

FAQ About Roof Cleaning In Tampa

Frequently Asked Roof Cleaning Questions

 

Q: What is the safest method for cleaning my tile or shingle roof in Tampa ?

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A: A trusted source for safe roof cleaning are the technical bulletins put out by The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (They are an organization that represents the largest shingle manufacturers in the United States) and ELK/GAF (The largest shingle manufacturer in North America). Both of these technical bulletins provide the only chemicals that they consider safe to clean asphalt shingles without voiding the shingle warranties. Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa only uses cleaners approved by ARMA and the RCIA (Roof Cleaning Institute Of America)

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Q: Will Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa use a pressure washer to clean my tile or shingle  roof?

A: No. we use a No Pressure Roof Cleaning Method. The Roof Cleaning Chemical is applied using less pressure than that found out of a garden hose. Using a pressure washer will void the shingle warranty and cause premature failure of asphalt shingles.

Q: When should my tile or shingle roof cleaning service be completed?

A: A shingle roof cleaning in the Tampa Florida area is usually most effective any time of the year. The average temperature is usually above 50 degrees any time of year here. Tile roof cleaning is best performed when it is a sunny day, and the temperature is above 70 degrees. The cleaning chemicals work better when helped by the Sun and warm temperatures. Some companies will clean a tile roof when it is colder outside, or overcast, and use a stronger chemical solution to compensate. This can have strip the glaze from your roof tiles, and kill your plants! Beware!

Q: Why is temperature important to roof cleaning?

A: Once the average temperature is above 50 degrees, the algae will open up and come out of a dormant stage. When the algae is open and growing is the most effective time for roof cleaning chemical to do its job.

Q: When should I schedule my service with Apple Roof Cleaning of Tampa?

A: Most any time, because we have 2 full time roof cleaning trucks to serve your needs quickly.

Q: What sets Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa above the competition?

A: At Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa, we only use the “No Pressure Roof Cleaning method”. This method is the only accepted practice by the Roof Cleaning Institute Of America. We offer a satisfaction guarantee and are FULLY INSURED (million dollar policy). We have invested in the finest equipment the industry has to offer.

Our EMPLOYEES set us above the rest! All of our knowledgeable employees are trained and Certified in “Low Pressure Cleaning”, are drug-free, uniformed, and arrive at the scheduled time.

Q: Is roof cleaning harmful to my landscaping?

A: Yes and NO. Let me explain… In the hands of an inexperienced roof cleaner, a roof cleaning solution will kill any vegetation it comes in contact with. After all, it is designed to kill the algae, lichen, and moss growing on a roof.

BUT…

In the hands of a Certified roof cleaner, precautionary measures are taken before, during, and after the roof cleaning process to prevent any damage to landscaping. Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa has adopted all safety practices for both personnel and vegetation in it’s employee handbook.

Q: Where would be a good place for a homeowner in Tampa to learn more about roof cleaning?

A: Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa is a member of the RCIA (Roof Cleaning Institute Of America) and recommends their site for additional roof cleaning information. Click this link to visit: RCIA WEBSITE

Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa (813)655-8777 is a fully-insured, full-service shingle and tile roof cleaning company serving Tampa Florida, and surrounding areas. Our experienced, RCIA CERTIFIED technicians are highly trained, knowledgeable, and courteous. We incorporate military discipline and values to every project we encounter, guaranteeing 110% satisfaction everytime. Call today for a FREE ESTIMATE for any of our RCIA Certified Roof Cleaning services.

 

 

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 Aside from aesthetics, shingle roof cleaning is necessary here in Tampa, to assure that you get the proper life from your roof, keep your A/C expenses lower, and for health reasons. 

The culprit causing your roof to discolor here in Tampa and look so bad is algae, and it WILL shorten the life of your shingle roof, it WILL make your roof darker and thus hotter from the sun’s rays.  This will make your home hotter, as well as speed the deterioration of your shingles. 

We use only ARMA (Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association) approved roof cleaning solutions, as well as specialized roof cleaning equipment designed to clean your shingle roof, while keeping it safe from damage.  Click here to read ARMA’s suggestions and cautions against using pressure washing equipment on your roof. 

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Hello from a dirty shingle roof in Tampa Palms!

We do not use any type of pressure washer on your roof.  We do not use damaging shingle roof cleaning products that require pressurized water to complete the cleaning, such as sodium hydroxide. 

 We take every precaution necessary to protect your plants and the exterior of your home.  Unlike most of our “competitors”, we employ the use of a dedicated ground person to keep the house and foliage well rinsed before, during, and after the shingle roof is treated with our Apple Sauce.  This will assure that your plants will not die, your house will not be damaged, and no one will be injured during the cleaning process.  Do you really want some inexperienced part time pressure washing contractor falling off your roof while you’re at work, and then blaming you for his lack of experience and safety?

 We have seen it many times, an inexperienced part time pressure washer on a customer’s shingle roof in Tampa, blasting away at full pressure, using little or no cleaning chemicals or algaecides, and causing damage to a roof that likely won’t be noticed for years.  Don’t be a victim of inexperience.  With Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa, you can “Experience the Difference, Because the Difference is Experience!” 

 Ask about our annual maintenance program!  Our cleaning system will keep your roof algae free for quite some time, but nothing will stop the algae from eventually beginning to grow again in your roof’s surface, long before it becomes visible to the eye.  By that time, the algae is well rooted into the surface of your shingle, and has already been degrading the integrity of your shingles for months or years.  After your initial cleaning, we can apply, at a significant discount,  an annual re-treatment to kill the algae that has already begun to grow back.  This will assure that your roof will last as long as possible.

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