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.

Roof Fungus Removal Tampa FL

There’s a Roof Fungus In Tampa!

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  • WHY YOUR ROOF SHINGLES AND TILES ARE TURNING BLACK– Remember the first time you looked up at your roof, and noticed those black stains appearing on your shingles or tiles ? Do you remember how you felt when you saw it slowly spreading across the roof ? Your home was fairly new and your roof barely a few years old. How could this be happening, and what was causing it? Well, you weren’t alone in your frustration. It appears that this is quite a common occurrence in Tampa Florida. Even on a roof with fungus resistant shingles, the fungus protection applied by the manufacturers of the shingles can begin to fail as soon as 2-3 years in Tampa, after installation. As the protection fails, staining can appear within six months. In Tampa Florida’s hot & humid climate, it seems that inevitably a fungus actually begins to grow on your roof shingles and tiles, leaving behind these unsightly black stains that continue to spread across your shingle or tile roof if left untreated. These fungi live abundantly in the soil here in Tampa. Like all fungi, they multiply by microscopic spores which float through the air and after landing on a hospitable surface, germinate. Fungi feed on organic matter such as wood, paper and asphalt, just to mention a few, and in the process, decompose and eventually destroy the material on which they grow.
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  • HOW THIS FUNGUS COULD BE COSTING YOU MONEY.– Besides making your home look old and unsightly, researchers looking into this problem have discovered that this fungus could actually be costing you quite a bit of money. If your roof has fungus growth, temperatures under your roof become higher, increasing your monthly air conditioning costs and possibly even shortening the lifespan of your air conditioning unit. Some of these studies have revealed reduction of under-roof temperatures in Tampa by anywhere from 10 – 20 degrees once the fungus has been eliminated. Some homeowners here in the Tampa area have seen utility savings of up to $20-$25 per month. In fact, there is a noticeable difference in your tampa electric bill if the change in you attic temperature reduces the temperature in your living space by just 3-4 degrees. 

    SHORTENED TILE AND SHINGLE ROOF LIFE AND INCREASED ALLERGIES.– Compounding the problem, the same studies seem to indicate that the lifespan of your roof is shortened by the increased granule loss from thermal expansions and contractions commonly experienced with this problem. This expansion and contraction can cause a weakening around the fastenings of the shingles on your roof. Also, unhealthy fungus spores and mold could conceivably be tracked into your home. For those Tampa Homeowners suffering from allergies, this breeding ground on your roof could really cause some suffering.SO, HOW DO YOU GET RID OF THIS FUNGUS? As with most of these types of problems in Tampa, everyone you speak with seems to have a different opinion. Some owners believe that cleaning the roof with a high pressure water hose is the best treatment. While it is our understanding that this might temporarily eliminate most of the fungus, enough of the fungus is left behind, actually embedded in the ceramic granules on the shingles, to quickly cause future problems. In addition, high pressure water treatments do seem to damage your shingles over time, causing granule loss and shortening the life of your shingles. Keep in mind, the granules on your shingles are the sources of not only the color of our roof, but also your heat-reflective protection. Granule loss should be avoided. Other owners we spoke with seem to swear by brushing chlorine. They simply apply chlorine to the roof and with a broom, scrub the roof and then simply rinse with an ordinary garden hose. Studies indicate, however, that the use of brushing on your roof can trigger unwanted side effects to your roof, causing shingle deterioration and brittleness, as well as causing damage to the shrubs and sod around your home.THE BEST WAY TO TREAT ROOF FUNGUS. So far, the best way to treat this fungus problem is by using the services of professional companies like Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa, equipped with the right products to eliminate the fungus, applied by trained technicians experienced with these products. Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa will send trained, experienced technicians to your home to apply special, environmentally safe formulas that will not only clean the fungus from your roof once and for all, but also apply a second clear coating that remains on your roof suspended in a bonding agent that prevents future fungus growth. They rinse the treatment with sprayers stronger that a garden hose, but considerably less intense than a high pressure water hose. After your roof has been treated and the fungus totally eliminated, Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa recommends a “lighter” treatment approximately every year. Our company offers an unconditional guarantee that this program, called Guardian Roof  Maintenance will keep your roof fungus and stain free. The cost of the treatments depends on the size of your roof
  • Of the people in Tampa we spoke with, most seem to be extremely satisfied with the results, the fungus has never returned and a number of Tampa owners have, in fact, been experiencing lower utility bills each month of a least $15-$25.That ugly Black Fungus on your roof is stealing your money!
  • Higher Under-Roof Temperatures increase air conditioning costs.
  • Heavier Air Conditioner use shortens your air conditioner’s life.
  • Unsightly Appearance decreases property values in your neighborhood.
  • Shortened Roof Life because of increased granule loss from thermal expansions/contractions.
  • Unhealthy Fungus Spores and Mold can be tracked into your home; especially unhealthy for those suffering from allergies!
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  • No Damage Chlorine Brushing !
  • Not High Pressure Washing – does not wash the granules from your roof.
  • Reduced Under Roof Temperatures reduction as much as 10 degrees.
  • Less Air Conditioner Run Times – savings as high as $35 per month possible in Tampa.
  • Safer and Cleaner Living Areas – no unhealthy fungus spores and mold tracked into your home.Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Guarantee: For as long as you continue on our  Guardian Roof Maintenance Program, you have an unconditional and transferable guarantee that your shingle or tile roof will remain free of fungus growth and stains and retain its like-new appearance for the life of the roof.
  • Apple Roof Cleaning of Tampa Florida (813)655-8777 has led the industry in protecting “Asphalt and Fiberglass Shingles” since 1991. It is recognized as the safest, most respected service because it contains no Lye, and totally eliminates the need to ever have your roof pressure cleaned. Roofs that are protected by us stay clean and beautiful all the time, and are proven to last much longer!

    Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa’s Guardian Roof Maintenance Program provides an excellent, low cost treatment that kills fungus spores at the microscopic stage and helps extend the life of your roof by bonding the surface! Our “Apple Sauce” is applied yearly, and like a professional lawn care or pest control service, it becomes an integral part of the maintenance of your home. Hundreds of homeowners in Tampa Florida are having their roofs treated and protected successfully with extraordinary results.

     

     

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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