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

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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

Soft Wash Roof Cleaning Tampa

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Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa (813)655-8777, and our exclusive to us no pressure soft wash roof cleaning process, fully comply with the asphalt shingle and tile roof manufactures guidelines. (A.R.M.A.) We guarantee in writing that our roof cleaner will NOT harm your roof. Our soft wash cleaning solution is made up of algaecides, mildewcides, soaps and water. Our soft wash , no pressure, chemical roof cleaning system is the safest and longest lasting for all asphalt shingle, tile and metal roofs in Tampa. The exclusive soft wash system we use and develpoed actually kills and removes the algae, mold and mildew that are discoloring your tile, metal, or shingle roof.Then the exclusive growth retardant roof treatment chemical that only we offer, ensures that your soft wash roof cleaning will stay beautiful for much longer, then roofs cleaned any other way.

You can spend more money, but you can not buy better looking, or longer lasting,  shingle, metal, or tile roof cleaning in Tampa, then what we have to offer you!

We are not house painters, window cleaners, or yard guys, masquerading a roof cleaners, we are Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa (813)655-8777

We did not win this award below for nothing!

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Apple Roof Cleaning Won The Chamber Of Commerce Small Business Of The Year Award in 2002

Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa (813)655-8777 takes great care and all precautions when dealing with your landscaping, home and ourselves. We never work alone; We only work in 2-3 person teams.

  • First person is the “dedicated ground man.” Their job is to continuously water the ground, plants, and home during the entire time.
  • Second person is the one who is fully trained and Certified by the Roof Cleaning Institute Of America to spray the soft wash chemical on the roof, and rinse it when finished.
  • Third person (if needed) is assisting the rinsing of chemicals and grounds on larger jobs.

 

No Pressure Soft Wash Roof Cleaning w/protective treatment coating:

    On arrival we do a full walk of the roof and inspect the it for any damage, including excessive loss of granules, tree damage, cracked or missing shingles, cracked pipe jacks, etc. And before any soft wash  chemicals are applied we completely water the ground, plants and home.
Then we apply an even coat of our soft wash  roof cleaner solution. Wait 10-15 minutes to allow the roof cleaner to go to work and break up the algae rooted in the shingles surface. (This is the most important part of the soft wash  roof stain removal.) If needed, we will apply a second and even a 3rd coat of our roof cleaner to guarantee your shingles are completely free of the algae so you know you have a clean roof. 

After the roof cleaner has done its job, we completely rinse everything with a garden hose (no pressure) to remove the algae without doing any damage. Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa (813)655-8777 never ever uses high pressure, or stiff bristle brushes, as this can damage things further.

Once the roof is free of algae the protective coat goes to work, these exclusive to us roof treatment chemicals are already mixed in with the cleaner, and start to work immediately. This keeps your roof clean and beautiful, by helping prevent the stains from coming back for many years to come.

Below are a few examples of some soft wash roof cleanings we have done, here in the Tampa area.

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If you are considering getting your roof soft washed (because you don’t want the broken tiles or shingle roof damage from pressure washing) call Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa (813)655-8777

Roof Cleaning Questions and Answers

Some Asphalt  Shingle or Barrel  Tile  Roof Cleaning Questions and Answers

For more answers to all of your questions, call us from 9 to 9 pm at 813-655-8777

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Q: So, what exactly is all the dark streaking and black staining I see on my roof ?

A:  This unsightly shingle or tile  roof discoloration is due in part to a pandemic like spread of the airborne spores and later adult cyanobacteria called Gloeocapsa Magma algae. This particularly hardy strain of roof algae cyanobacteria are particularly attracted to limestone which acts like a fertilizer, allowing this once dormant blue green algae to react like a living roof plaque. This is due in part to a reduction in petroleum additives in the asphalt and fiberglass roofing shingle manufacturing process and the increase of “OTHER” inert, crushed and powdered filler material, used to help control the ever spiraling fuel, energy and oil costs.

Due to rising oil prices as a cost saving measure, powdered, limestone and other filler products were added starting 25-30 years ago (about the same time as the OPEC oil embargo) and since that time, the addition of these petroleum “fillers” have been commonplace according to research we have located on the internet.

These inert “additives” have, in recent years, been acting like a “snack food” or corner “Quickie Mart” for many of these roof eating miniature plants, especially Gloeocapsa Magma.

This unknowing addition of what amounts to “Algae Fertilizer” by roofing material into the manufacturing process has since, in part, produced a ever increasing worldwide roof algae pandemeic

Especifically damaging once the algae root system begins to methodically work it way into the sun drenched roofs in the hot, humid densely populated areas, enhancing the degradation of roofing materials located in the southern regions of the U.S.

If you are a property owner and are reading this, chances are, this ALGAE is up on your roof, as well as on shingle or tile roofs all over your neighborhood.

This very fast moving Gloeocapsa Alage , move thru airborne spores, ROOF hopping, if you will, like the common cold, from roof, to shingle or tile  roof, its shortening the longevity of countless roofing, while creating a neighborhood wide eyesore throughout many owns, and cities nationwide.

20 to 25 years ago many roofs typically lasted the full 20 to 30 year lifespan. Not anymore. With Roof life has been shortened in recent years due to increased roof algae, mold, mildew, moss etc.

Many roofs are being replaced today in Tampa due to a lack of proper cleaning and roof maintenance.

Premature shingle or tile  roof replacement can be avoided with proper maintenence.

According to research, staining and  discoloration account for over 60 percent of re-roofing occurring across the country, much of which is unessaary.

Just like washing and maintaining your car, spraying and clearing off your patio, porch or deck of annual debris, or soft washing the vinyl siding on your home, your roof should be cleaned, maintained and treated periodically to repel algae and other ” shingle or tile roof destroyers” .

Naturally, you would not go very long without brushing your teeth, showering or washing your clothes, and along that same line of common sense thinking, it just makes sense that in order for your roof to perform as it should, and to provide you safe shelter for all your belongings and personal possessions, it too should be cleansed and cleared of leaves, pine needles, debris and roof algae, etc

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Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa 813-655 -8777 uses non pressure and ultra-low pressure pumps and rinsing equipment combined with specialized cleaning agents to eliminate algae and mildew stains and streaks, along with environmental pollutants and dirt from asphalt shingle and clay and concrete tile roofs—all without the risk of damage associated with using high-pressure methods.

Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa 813-655 -8777 offers a 1 year written unconditional guarantee providing residential and commercial property owners with the piece of mind of knowing that, once their roof is cleaned properly the first time, our maintenance residual treatment program insures an “always clean roof”.

“How your home looks from the curb says a lot about who lives there. As the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

New Paint or Siding give you some visual curb appeal, and, a freshly mowed, landscaped yard deinitely helps yet both of these home improvement projects combined, pale in comparison to, a freshly cleaned, well maintained, new looking roof.

 

DID YOU KNOW ?

Since most roofs capture 30 to 60 percent of the visual appearance of most homes, NOTHING stands out quite the same way a new looking roof does.

In fact, now that I have mentioned it, look around your specific neighborhood and visually note how a dirty, filthy looking roof detracts from the appeal of even the most well manicured of homes.

Well, now that you are more aware of the algae, mold and mildew you are in a informed position to do something proactive about it.

Years ago nobody had an answer for what it was occurring up on the roofs, the staining and discoloring to most proprty owners and cleaning contractors. And back then we had no information, no real solution to the problem.

It’s important to understand that an algae, a bacteria, a plant is quietly feeding on the oils that preserve your roof from the suns damaging rays and setting up a permenent residence on your roof due to the limestone in your roof shingles. This “uninvited guest” or pest if you will, is silently ‘snacking” on your roof, also dislodging the ceramic granules that are helping to provide your roof with much needed important UV protection and color.

It like miniature warfare, but thankfully Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa 813-655 -8777 is winning the battle. We know much more than we did years ago and instead of harsh pressure washing there is now, a soft wash, safe, non pressure solution to properly cleaning and maintaining roof surfaces and we offer this to our customers.

Now that you know more, I am sure you will soon be calling us to schedule your reasonably priced roof cleaning very soon.

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By allowing Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa 813-655 -8777 the privilege to safely clean your roof using certified non pressure roof cleaning techniques, and proper roof treatment equipment you will add instant curb appeal to your first impression / appearance areas.

Not only will our safe, effective non pressure roof cleaning service transform the aesthetics of your home or business’s asphalt or fiberglass shingle roof, this enhancement will continue to allow your shingle or tile roof the ability to continue to look and perform its very best for its useful lifespan which is Apple Roof Cleaning of Tampa’s 813-655 -8777  top priority.

Don’t just take our word for it, look around and see, while your driving to and from work, while walking your dog, while outdoors traveling to and from your local friends and relatives and I am sure you will agree.

Truth be told, a nice looking residential or commercial property is only complete with a clean, well maintained shingle or tile roof.

Non Pressure Roof Cleaners In Tampa

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Don’t settle for Pressure Washing your roof, just because it seems “powerful.”

Historically, brute force rarely gets the job done as well as a thought-out and planned course of action, and we prove this every time we finish cleaning a tile or asphalt shingle roof with our exclusive soft wash method.

Roof Cleaning Improves Property Value of Tampa Florida area Homes

As a home owner here in the Tampa area, you spend countless hours caring for your property. From repainting walls to replacing flooring, mowing the grass and updating the landscaping, pride in property appearance often goes hand in hand with pride in ownership, and includes caring for and updating the interior and exterior of your home.

Yet there is one area of the home that owners so often overlook, yet it has a substantial impact on the overall aesthetics of your property and its actual value in the Tampa area real estate market.

Your Shingle Or Barrel Tile Roof.

Even the most basic shingles have an impact on the value and curb appeal of your home. When clean and in good repair, the roof creates a stopping point for the eye, framing the home below and the grounds surrounding it. Yet an unsightly, dirty, algae or mold covered roof does the exact opposite, making even brand new siding, stunningly painted shutters, and well-thought-out flower beds look old, dingy and out of place.

Non Pressure Roof Cleaning dramatically improves the overall look of your home. And anything that improves the look of your home ups its property value.

Dirty roofs detract buyers. A dirty roof in Tampa automatically appears to be in disrepair, even if the shingles, tile or asphalt  membrane below are actually in good condition. In real estate, appearances are everything, and if something looks like it’s broken, the property value reflects that, even if there’s no real damage present.

Regularly cleaned roofs last longer. A new roof is expensive; there’s simply no way around it. Yet people lose years off of the lifespan of their roof simply because they fail to have it cleaned. The algae and mold that grow on roofs, causing those dirty-looking green and brown streaks, actually eat away at your roofing material. So your 30 year roof could really turn into a 20 year roof. In short, a well-maintained roof lasts longer, and properties with long-lasting, expensive features are worth more, whether it’s your roof or the durable tile you choose for your foyer.

Dirty roofs in Tampa stick out like a sore thumb. A lot of what goes into determining property value is the value of the properties surrounding it; if you’re on par with comparable homes, your property value is relatively “true.” Yet if there is something about your home that’s “less than” your neighbors’, your property value drops. Whether or not you’re planning to sell your home in the future, if you live in a deed restricted area with well-maintained roofs, yet algae and mold cover yours, it is automatically worth less than the comparable properties surrounding it. Add in branches, twigs and other debris clogging your gutters and covering recess in the roof, and the in-shambles look quickly drops your property value by thousands of dollars.

Pride in one’s property is a personal thing; some homeowners couldn’t care less, and it shows. Yet taking pride in the appearance of your Tampa area home isn’t just a social undertaking; it just makes good financial sense.

 

 

Tampa Palms Flat Tile Roof Cleaning

Here is a flat tile roof cleaning in Tampa Palms we did today 11/20/2013

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The trees this home is under provide shade, but also make the black streaks come back faster. This is because the trees stop the Sun from drying the roofs moisture up. Heat and Moisture =’s Mold, it’s real simple. In the first picture, you can see some of the debris we had to blow off of this Tile Roof.

We are perfectionists when it comes to cleaning tile roofs, as you can see by the bottom picture. This roof will look even better, after it has had the benefit of a few rains. But you can still see all the edges of the tiles and the ridge caps are all nice and clean, for the holidays. Our customer was a very nice lady, who plans to have her large family over for Thanksgiving.

She has used us to clean her flat tile roof before, over 5 years ago. Tampa Palms was sending out “clean your roof or else” letters, and our trucks were cleaning other homes, on her street.

That’s how she found us, and she remembered us, all these years!

Though we are number one for almost any Tampa Roof Cleaning Search, most of our business comes from happy customers we cleaned years ago like this one, who remember us, and tell their friends.

 

 

 

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!

Apple Roof Cleaning

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning Tile Roof Tampa Palms With Manlift

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Though we could have easily and safely walked on these particular roof tiles (every roof is evaluated for safety), our customer was told not to allow any roof cleaning company to walk on her roof. So, she paid the extra money required for the use of a manlift, for her own peace of mind.

At our company, we never forget who hired us, and who the Boss really is. We told this nice lady that it was safe to walk on her tile roof, and that we guarantee in writing not to break any tiles, or we will pay for the repairs. We tried our best to save her the unneeded expense of bringing out a manlift to this job, but her Tampa Roofing Contractor told her not to allow any one to walk on her roof!

We are experts in the use of manlifts for cleaning fragile tile roofs, as well as steep non walkable ones as well.

Pressure Washing requires walking over nearly every tile on the roof, but our non pressure tile roof cleaning process does not.

The job came out wonderful, and she told us that the Tampa Palms Homeowners Association, who sent her a roof cleaning letter, was happy.