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.

Cleaning Tile Roof Tampa Palms With Manlift

Here are some slideshow pictures you can watch of a tile roof we cleaned using our manlift, in the Reserve at Tampa Palms. http://www.flickr.com/photos/roof-cleaning-tampa/sets/72157622504512900/show/

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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Black Stains On Roof

Roof Cleaning

It’s inevitable, your roof is going to eventually get dirty and start developing black streaks on your roofs. Your roof might not show these signs for a long time but eventually it’s something you are going to have to deal with. Most people don’t really notice the roof stains on buildings until it happens to our own house. Just look at all the houses you pass by each day and you’ll most definitely notice black stains on some of the roofs. This isn’t good and it needs to be taken care of right away.

Roof cleaning is extremely important as it can damage the roof if not taken care of immediately. It will also really increase the curb appeal of your house, which is always a good thing. This is especially true if you’re trying to sell your home. It’s one of the first things someone will notice when driving up to your house to get a look at it.

 One thing about developing roof stains on your home is that the affected area won’t be even across the roof but it will instead appear in patches. Some spots will be relatively clean while others have very noticeable spots or streaks on them. This is because certain parts of a roof won’t get as much sun as other parts. It could be because of trees that cast shadows onto the roof or just the fact that the roof faces north which won’t get as much sun as the side facing the south. This will lead to the moisture staying in the shady areas of a roof longer than spots that get more sun.

Moss is one of the more common growths you will find growing on your roof shingles. Also, black algae are another common growth on roofs that get a lot of moisture on them. These things need to be taken care of immediately because the damage they can do is surprising. They can eat right through your shingles and will spread around your roof doing even more harm.  Don’t delay get yourroof cleaned today.

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

Get a Roof Cleaned for FREE!

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.

What’s Growing on Your Roof!

Here is a video from our friend Barry Maddox. Barry has been providing great information about cleaning roofs for years. This video explains exactly what is growing up there on your roof, and what you can do about it.

There seems to be a lot of misinformation being put on the Internet lately by commercial interests who want to sell you their roof cleaning products. Barry’s Video will give you the real information you need to know.

 

 

Preparing to Get Your 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.

Cleaning Your Own Roof?

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.