Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

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It has been said that the Tampa area is long overdue, for  a Hurricane. So, getting your home prepared for hurricane and tropical storm season is essential, especially if you live in this area. While a major hurricane doesn’t hit every season and it can be tempting to put it off until later, being prepared in advance can help save your roof (and your home) from suffering unnecessary damage. It must also be remembered that summer thunderstorm can have wind gusts upwards of 50 mph!  Here are four tips to prepare your roof for the coming hurricane season.
1: Fix Missing or Loose Shingles
Missing or loose asphalt shingles might seem like a small thing, but they can lead to big problems if they are not taken care of before a Hurricane. Nail or caulk loose shingles and replace missing ones, or contact a roofing contractor in Tampa to come and take care of it for you. This will help prevent water from leaking into the home, or other damage from wind, rain, or hail. Also check for rusted flashing, loose eave and gable end vents, soffits, or turbines and get these things fixed before the storm. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, when it comes to preparing for a storm.


2: Consider Roof Tie-Downs
These truss tie-downs, often called “hurricane straps” help to brace the roof in very high winds and severe storms. They can help ensure that you don’t lose a whole portion of the roof to a large or sustained wind gust. Not every roof will need tie-downs, but it’s a good idea to talk to Tampa area roofing contractors to find out if it is advisable for yours.It also goes w/o saying that all mobile homes need tie downs in operating condition, so be sure to check them, before Hurricane Season begins.
3: Secure Yard Items
Outdoor furniture, smokers and grills,  and other decorations in your yard can quickly become flying projectiles that could damage your Tampa tile and shingle roofing. If you have these things, either tie them down or move them indoors to the garage, or shed so they don’t get loose and damage roof shingles and tiles.
4: Trim Back Trees
Trees in the yard can also become dangerous in a hurricane or tropical storm. If you have trees that hang over your home, trim them back a safe distance so they won’t break and fall onto the house during the hurricane or tropical storm.
Failing to prepare your roof for the coming storms  and hurricanes we get here in Tampa can cause a significant amount of damage. Get prepared so you don’t have to worry this storm season, but if the worst happens, call us at 813 655 8777 so we can suggest a qualified Tampa Roofing Contractor. 
APPLE ROOF CLEANING 813-655-8777
711 Westbrook Ave
Brandon, Florida 33511

No Pressure Algae Roof Cleaning Tampa Florida

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APPLE NO PRESSURE ROOF CLEANING TAMPA
7401 Patrician Place
Tampa FL 33619
(813)293 1733
(813)655 8777
(800)290 1377

There is certainly a lot of misconception involved with the topic of tampa roof cleaning. Can you clean an asphalt shingle roof w/p pressure? Can you clean an asphalt shingle roof without harming the shingles? What are the black streaks on my roof? What will happen if I don’t get the roof cleaned? These are just a few of the questions this article will answer. Knowing this information can save you costly future roof replacements and added heating and cooling costs.In Tampa and many parts of CentralFlorida, roof algaee (Gloeocapsa Magma) is a growing problem. The algae thrives in warm humid climates like Tampa, usually first appearing on the north facing slopes of your roof where the right amount of shade and moisture are common. With the proper atmosphere this algae only needs one more element to survive and that’s food. Roof algae feeds on the crushed limestone that is used in the manufacturing of asphalt shingles. When shingles were first produced, manufacturers quickly realized they were too light and would not provide adequate protection, so they added crushed limestone to the asphalt to add weight and durability to the shingles.Gloeocapsa Magma is an airborne algae so it can land on any Florida roof with no rhyme or reason, though it does seem to be more prominent in areas holding a lot of trees. Once the roof algaee lands on the roof it will have to be killed and removed properly or it will continue to spread, it will never get better or just go away on its own. The algae begins feeding on the nutrients in the shingles, as it rains it is spread down the roof causing black streaks. If not taken care of it will take over the entire roof in a few short years turning the whole roof black. Besides looking very unsightly and diminishing any home’s curb appeal and value, what other damage can roof algae do? When roof algae are not taken care of they stop the shingles from reflecting heat from the sun’s UV rays. When this happens it can affect your home’s heating and cooling costs without you even realizing it. Also because the shingles cannot reflect heat they start to diminish prematurely. Signs of wear are curled corners, wavy or humped shingles, broke or loose shingles, and an excess of shingle granules appearing in your gutters just to name a few. Most home owners become concerned when the first unsightly black streaks begin to appear long before permanent damage is done. It’s at this point that most home owners will call a tampa roofing contractor and in my opinion it’s the point where home owners are steered in the wrong direction. It has been my experience from talking with many troubled home owners that most and I express the word “most” tampa roofing contractors are not going to tell the home owner that their roof only needs to be cleaned. Think about that for a moment, why would they? I have had many customers tell me that a tampa roofing contractor told them that the black streaks were water marks or a sign of wear in either case a roof replacement was recommended. Another scenario is that some tampa roofing contractors have no idea themselves what roof algae is and that it can be cleaned. Some will also combat losing a potential roof replacement job by telling the home owner that you can’t clean asphalt shingles without damaging them, which is completely untrue. None the less many home owners are suckered into a costly, premature roof replacement of a roof that only needed cleaned. If you think about it, it is no different than replacing your vinyl siding
because it has mold or mildew on it, no one would think of doing that.The good news is that asphalt shingles can be cleaned properly without harming the shingles, and the major shingle manufacturers say so themselves. They even have suggestions and guidelines for cleaning roof algae off of asphalt shingles without harming them. The proper methods include a no pressure chemical application followed by a light rinsing. NOTE: never use or allow a pressure washer
to be used on your roof. Inexperienced home owners and unethical contractors have damaged shingles by attempting to blast the algae off the shingles using high water pressure. Doing this blows the shingle granules off which are there to protect the shingles, thus lessening the longevity of the roof. In the past some have tried zinc strips on the peak of the roof which are supposed to release chemicals down the roof when it rains to help combat roof algaee. Most have reported poor results in Tampa with the strips. Recently shingle manufacturers have produced algae resistant shingles but there have been plenty of cases of roof algaee still invading such shingles. This is why they can only call them “algae resistant” and not algae proof. If you are battling with roof mold or know of someone else whom is, don’t lose hope and don’t replace that roof prematurely. First call a professional no pressure roof cleaning company in your area like Apple No Pressure Roof Cleaning at 813 655 8777 so that they can access the situation for you. Be sure that they use the chemicals and the low pressure methods that are recommended by the major shingle manufacturers. A proper no pressure roof cleaning can definitely save you money.
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APPLE ROOF CLEANING 813-655-8777
711 Westbrook Ave
Brandon, Florida 33511