The True Benefits of Roof Cleaning

The True Benefits of Roof Cleaning

 

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Housework is a necessary chore essential in every area of your home. While cleaning the
bathroom, vacuuming and dishes are regular tasks, chores don’t stop in the interior. From
exterior window washing to pressure washing siding, sweeping walkways to maintaining flower
beds, taking care of the exterior of your Tampa Florida area home is essential to both its structure as well as its
curb appeal. Yet perhaps the most overlooked area is your asphalt shingle, or tile roof.

 

While you certainly do not need to hike yourself up a ladder and scrub down your shingles or tiles with
a toothbrush once a week, annual non pressure, also called Soft Wash roof cleaning. is vital to maintaining your home. Not only
does it drastically improve the overall aesthetic of your property, it also ensures that your roof,
and the home it protects, is efficient, safe and healthy.

 

So what are the benefits of non pressure shingle roof cleaning and tile roof cleaning?

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Home Value: In the Tampa, Florida real estate market, the looks of a property goes a long way towards its
value, curb appeal and ultimate resale capabilities. Most potential buyers understand that a
well-maintained tile or asphalt shingle roof is a must-have when choosing a new property, and a dirty roof instantly
instills fear of the need for future replacement, deterring a buyer from a home that may
otherwise suite his or her needs and tastes perfectly. A roof that is covered in black streaks,
roof algae, landscaping debris and other unsightly dirt dissuades potential buyers and
drastically reduces the curb appeal of your home. When you take the time to care for the
interior, why mask that with a stained, unkempt, tile or shingle roof?

 

Home Efficiency: While most Tampa Florida area homeowners instantly think of insulation, windows and energy-
efficient cooling systems as the be-all, end-all of ensuring home efficiency, the roof plays a
major role as well. Black algae, a common growth here in Tampa on tile and asphalt shingle roofs, have dramatic heat retention properties,
causing the roof to absorb heat from the sun and thus prompting the temperatures of your
home to skyrocket. As the heat rises, it slowly heats up your insulation and ductwork, forcing
your cooling system to work that much harder to keep your home at a reasonable temperature.
The result? Increased electricity bills and a reduction in your air conditioner’s lifespan, and all because of a dirty tile or shingle roof.

 

Roof Life: As the roof algae are absorbing and retaining the heat from the Florida sunlight, they’re also creating a moist, damp
environment underneath. When coupled with moss, black streaks and lichens, the dirty layer
begins to eat away at your shingles. In addition to the moisture, the heat trapped between the
dirt and the roof also causes decay. Together, these two aspects can take years off of the life of
your shingles, ensuring that you have to replace your roof significantly sooner than planned.

 

Health: When moisture and heat come together on your roof, they create a safe haven for mold, a
substance known for causing allergic reactions and other symptoms, especially in children, the
elderly and pets. And as luck would have it, the alkaline materials used to make most modern shingles
actually act as a food for mold. So while you may think that those black streaks on your roof are
simply unsightly, they’re actually introducing toxins into your home all while eating away at
your home’s roof.

Regular roof cleanings, especially non-pressure Soft Wash roof cleanings, kill roof algae and mold,
improving the looks, resale value, lifespan and health of your home. Call us today at 813-655-8777 to learn
more!

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Tampa Palms Barrel Tile Roof Cleaned 8-13-2003

Here is one we just cleaned a few days ago in the Reserve at Tampa Palms.
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This was a 5000 sq ft barrel tile roof, with a 3 car garage. It cleaned up really nice, and it has the beautiful (when they are clean) glazed ceramic barrel tiles.
Glazed Ceramic Tile Roofs are not a place for a beginner!
They are extremely slippery during the non pressure tile roof cleaning process, from all the soap.
Plus, as can be seen, this home did not have many gutters, so the run off of the tile roof cleaning chemical had to be dealt with.

The owner of this home in Tampa Palms is a well known Tampa Radiologist (A Doctor).
He saw us smoking cigarettes, and gave us a lecture!
Of course, the Doctor is correct, and we are all trying to quit smoking!

This job came out beautifully, the Doctor is happy, and he submitted our invoice to the Tampa Palms Homeowners Association, as proof he complied with the roof cleaning letter he received.
Call us at 813 655 877 for a free estimate, if you need us.

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.

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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!

 

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.

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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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