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 Tampa 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 Apple Roof Cleaning to clean your roof. Does it not feel good when your roof is immaculate, and free from all the debris and black algae ? So 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 treat 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 ground people 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 roof cleaning solution dripping on them. Cars should be out of the driveway, and people must not come and go as long as we are there. Please, do not schedule other home service professionals to come out on the same day as us! Apple Roof Cleaning has 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.