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 !
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.
We have been Teaching Roof Cleaning in the Tampa area for many years. We are the founders of the RCIA (Roof Cleaning Institute Of America) and have students who need roofs to clean, so they can learn our trade. All work by our students is supervised by experienced people. We offer almost free non pressure roof cleaning for Churches, Charities, and Non Profit Institutions. We only ask for the actual cost of the chemicals used on the job.
Contact us at 813-655-8777 if you have a favorite charity of church here in the Tampa Florida area, that needs to have their roof cleaned.
OK, you have hired a company to come and clean your roof (we hope it is us), now what ? It is May 12th 2012, and we have not had any rain here in Tampa Florida for a long time. This means, the plants are all very dry, and also very thirsty. Unlike us Humans, who will eat and drink even if we are not hungry and thirsty, a plant only takes from the earth what it needs to survive. The chemicals we use to clean and treeat your roof are poisons to plants. Remember, that is a plant growing up there, and we must remove and kill it, or it will grow right back. The plants will drink this chemical and die, if they are thirsty, because unlike us Humans, they have no sense of taste or smell. So, we ask you to water the plants the night before we come to clean your roof, so this does not happen. Our groundspeople will promptly water the chemicals off your plants as we are working, to protect them. Dogs and Cats are not a problem, because they can smell, and want no part of the solution we use to clean your roof with. Dogs will bark at us (though we love all animals), because we are people they have never seen, spraying some stuff they have never smelled before, in a place (your roof) where they have never seen people before. But, just for safety, all animals should be put inside the day we come out. We could never live with ourselves if the wind carried the roof cleaning solution into an animals eyes. If you have no gutters, BBQ’s, Plants in Pots, etc, etc, should be moved either out into the yard, or put away from any possibility of solution dripping on them. Cars should be out of the driveway, and people must not come and go as long as we are there. We have cleaning roofs down to a science, and will not be at your home all day long. Usually, we only need a few hours, and the result will be a safely cleaned roof, that will stay that way for many years.
Here is a funny video about a guy falling off of a roof. However, a fall from a roof can be fatal, and that’s not funny. As we get older, our ability to recover from an accident gets less and less. Sure, there are all sorts of roof cleaning concoctions that can be bought here in Tampa, that promise to clean your roof if applied correctly. But think about this for a minute ? If these products really worked as claimed, why would there be any need for roof cleaners in Tampa ? Plus, many of these products claim to clean your roof over time. We think these products depend on you losing your receipt over time, so you can return them, LOL
We have heard horror stories from many of our Tampa Roof Cleaning Customers who spent good money for these Internet Roof Cleaning Chemicals who attempted to get a refund. These customers were told they “did not apply the product correctly” and given such a run around, they finally accepted the fact they had been ripped off. Many of these customers also told us they had no idea that roof cleaning was so reasonably priced either. One customer with a tile roof actually spent over 300.00 on some roof cleaning chemical he bought off the Internet that failed to deliver the results promised. He missed 2 days of work, because he had to apply a second application.
We cleaned and treated his tile roof in Tampa Palms for 500.00. He was shocked, and said he felt like a fool trying to clean his own roof. He admitted he slipped on his tile roof a few times, but thankfully, did not fall to his death.
Our advice is do not try and clean your own roof. Call us at 813-655-8777, and let’s make a deal to get your roof cleaned the right way.
Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa 813-655-8777 will take every reasonable precaution to prevent damage to plants, shrubs and grass and trees. We will thoroughly wet down all plants, including grass, shrubs, and trees. As the cleaning of your shingle or tile roof progresses, we will saturate all plants, as required to protect them, and then rinse your plants down some more. This complete and thorough rinsing dilutes the roof cleaning chemicals enough in activity, that we don’t have much to worry about.
Some one man roof cleaners who work alone, and lack a person on the ground to protect your landscaping, apply an already diluted mixture to your roof. This weak mixture costs them less to apply, and allows them to “get away” with out having a ground person to rinse it off your plants. The cost savings to them allows them to be a little lower in price, but beware! That is a plant growing on your roof, and this plant must be killed, or it can grow right back in no time!
Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa 813-655-8777 gives you your moneys worth, by applying a cleaning mixture that is strong enough to kill the plant growing on your roof.
We will always have at least two RCIA Certified Professionals on any given job. One man works the roof, the other man works the ground. The person on the ground responsible for keeping everything wet in case of over spray etc. It is very seldom that we have any problems with plants, but it is not impossible.
We are always honest with our customers, and tell them the truth. If you can’t tolerate a yellow blade of grass, there are plenty of Pressure Washing Companies here in the Tampa Florida area who will glady ruin your roof. These types of companies use high pressure water only instead of chemicals to wash your roof with.
Yes, your plants will be safe with them, and your roof will be clean. However, if it is a shingle roof, 1/2 of it will be on the ground!