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.

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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

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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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