Tampa Roof Cleaning Service

Posted Posted in cleaning roof, Florida, roof cleaning cost, shingle roofs, Tampa, tile roofs, training, Uncategorized

Here are some roofs we have cleaned in the Tampa Florida area. Most of these were repeat customers who remembered the great roofing services we gave them years ago. If you ever need professional assistance, then make sure you contact the right roofers. Your roof may be a bit worn out so make sure you inspect it before you clean it, that way you are sure to see if you need a roof replacement or not. You may find a few damages here and there on your roof, but with a quick commercial roof repair your roof will be looking brand new.

Barrel Tile Roof Cleaning Tampa Palms

We are the oldest, and most experienced roof cleaning service in the entire Tampa Bay area. Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa was started way back in 1991. We made our first web page back in 2002, and picked the domain www.saferoofcleaning.com, and that can be verified by clicking on the link. It is safe and accurate to claim that no roof cleaning service in the greater Tampa area has cleaned as many roofs as we have. We are also the first roof cleaning company in America to be awarded Small Business Of The Year at a Chamber of Commerce.

We are nationally known teachers and experts on all aspects of tile, metal, and shingle roof cleaning. In fact, we have our own online roof cleaning training forum

2002 Business Of The Year Winners !

It is safe to say that many companies offering roof cleaning services either learned directly from us, or people we have trained. There is a difference, and the difference is experience that our roofing contractors have! In fact, we can clean any roof, including the ones that some of our competitors walk away from. This is because we are a real roof cleaning company, not some pressure washing service or painter, who cleans a roof every now and then. The cleaning of shingle, metal, and tile roofs is our whole reason for existence, not something we do when there is no pressure cleaning work, houses to paint, or grass to cut.

So, if you are looking for the very best roof cleaning service in the Tampa area, congratulations, you have found us! We offer free no contact estimates. We do not need to visit your home to give you your roof cleaning cost. It can all be done right over the phone, or by email if you prefer. Just call us at 813 655 8777, give us your address, and perhaps answer a few questions.

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CLEANING A BIG TILE ROOF NEAR TAMPA FLORIDA

Posted Posted in Homeowners Association, roof cleaning letter, Tampa Florida, tile roofs

 

July 21, 2014

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Here is A Big Tile Roof that we cleaned today 7-21-2014. We started this tile roof cleaning at 9 am, and just finished an hour ago. It is now 4.51 pm, and here comes the well known Tampa summertime afternoon rain! 

This was a large 5500 sq ft home, with a lot of tile roof surface on it. We were barely able to get this large roof all nice and clean, before the rains came. 

This whole community in Seffner Florida got letters from their homeowners association, and this makes the 15th roof we have cleaned in this subdivision. All these roofs are all tile, and every home in here is 4500 sq ft and up. 

This customer chose us because he has seen our work, and wanted his large tile roof properly cleaned. Our guys had a beautiful view of Lake Thonotosassa from the top of this tile roof. It is one of the larger freshwater lakes in the Tampa Florida area. 

If you have a shingle, tile, or metal roof that needs to be cleaned in the Tampa Florida area, call us at 813-655-8777 for a free consultation and estimate.

Here in the Tampa Florida area, I would say about 60 percent of the really nice places to live are deed restricted. Some areas have very vigilant homeowners associations, that will send out roof cleaning letters for one little black streak on the roof, and some of these HOA’s will wait years to send letters. I have been asked by several Tampa Homeowners Associations, when is the right time to send roof cleaning letters.

The best time, is when 1/2 or more of the roofs are covered in this Black Roof Algae. 

It is never good to do a partial roof cleaning, but we do give our customers a break when only 1/4 to 1/2 of the roof needs cleaned. But, we do it the correct way, and clean the dirty part of the roof, then apply the treatment chemical to the “clean” part. 

The worst thing these Tampa Homeowners Association can do to their residents, is to wait until every roof is absolutely filthy before asking the residents to clean them.  This forces us roof cleaners to use tons of chemical solution to get them clean, and increases the chances of having an effect on the landscaping. Having Gutters down here in Tampa is not the normal thing it is up north. 1/2 or more of our business is cleaning tile roofs on 5000 plus sq ft homes with little to no gutters on them, and tons of delicate expensive landscaping! 

When the Homeowners Associations allow these roofs to become filthy before letters are sent out, we often are forced to use 2 to 3 or more coats of the cleaning chemical. 

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This is a cement tile roof we cleaned in the Cory Lake Isles community in New Tampa. You can see it was filthy, and had no gutters.  There was landscaping all over the place, and it took 3 coats of the roof cleaning chemical to get it this clean. 

Here in the Tampa Florida area, most nice subdivisions are deed restricted, and require you to maintain your homes paint, yard, and the roof as well.

If you move into one of Tampa’s Deed Restricted communities, you sign your life away, and agree to give them great power over you.  If you receive and defy 3 roof cleaning letters, they will start a legal process against you. Some customers think they are “cool” by refusing to clean their roofs, but us roof cleaners all know that the black stains on their dirty roofs can and will spread to the neighbors clean roofs!

It is unfair and inconsiderate to your neighbors to allow your roof to remain filthy, while they are trying to keep their place clean.

I have little sympathy for people who chose to compromise their friends and neighbors, by refusing to clean their roofs.

We are almost always super busy, so it is not the extra roof cleaning work we need.

But when people move into a super nice deed restricted community here in Tampa, and know the rules and promise to abide by them, but then don’t,  IMHO this is like sending a sick child to school to infect the other Kids.

All it takes is one filthy roof, to spread it’s filth to the other roofs in the area by airborne spores, and other means of transmission.

We cleaned this flat tile roof recently, and we are very happy with the results of this job in Tampa Palms. Few roofs look better, when they are clean, then a white tile roof, and few look worse, when they are dirty! 

This roof cleaning job came to us from a well known Tampa Painting Company. This customer wanted to get his roof cleaned first, before he has his home painted. These folks were very very nice people, and are from one of Tampa’s original founding families! 

Despite our “protests” they insisted we eat the deviled crabs they make from scratch, and also served us some awesome home made Lemonaid that was good and cold. It was 95 degrees outside in Tampa today, and probably 110 degrees, up on this roof we cleaned!

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CHEMICAL ROOF CLEANING TAMPA FL

Posted Posted in cleaning roof, roof cleaning chemicals, shingle roofs, Tampa Florida, tile roofs

 

December 13, 2019

Safe and Effective Chemical Roof Cleaning
Many Tampa Florida area residents that have come from the Northeast are surprised by the idea of roof cleaning – and even more surprised by the fact that many deed restricted communities here in the Tampa area require it. 
Whether you have a Barrel Tile, Concrete Tile, Asphalt Shingle, Wood Shake, or Metal Roof  – The reasons for non pressure chemical roof cleaning include aesthetics, property values, energy efficiency, and increased longevity of the roof. Whatever the main reason, if you are going to have it done, it is in your best interest to know what choices you have available to you. A quality roof should last upwards of 30 years in Tampa if cared for and maintained properly. Unfortunately, many of the roofs here in Florida are subjected to unnecessary stress while cleaning that greatly reduce the life expectancy of the roof. 
With repeated roof cleaning comes certain pitfalls that every homeowner and property manager should be aware of in order to avoid damage to property, unnecessary repair costs, and the premature replacement of the roof.
WHY HAS YOUR ROOF TURNED BLACK? 
The black streaking typically found on homes is not really caused by mildew or fungus; it’s roof algae. 3M scientists have identified the most common form as Gloeocapsa Magma. Algae spores are carried by the wind, which is why so many houses in the same neighborhood can end up with this problem. During the last 20 years, this particular algae strain has become hardier and so has been able to migrate to less humid environments than it has in the past. And in areas where it traditionally has been found, the staining is showing up earlier, is more severe and settles on a greater number of roofs.
HOW CAN IT BE CLEANED? 
Typical roof cleaning methods in Tampa involve either pressure cleaning or harsh chemicals treatments such as  S Hydroxide (lye). These crude methods will clean your roof with  adverse impact – and the effects are very temporary and will have to be repeated every 6-18 months in order to maintain the appearance of the roof. 
THESE METHODS ARE NOT A LONG-TERM SOLUTION. 
While these methods are effective, repeated use will lead to premature aging and replacement of the roof. 
The natural erosion that occurs over time from the basic forces of heat, cold, wind, and rain alone are enough to weaken mortar joints of most roofs in Tampa to the point where annual inspections and minor roof repairs are necessary to prevent significant repair costs. But when the roof is repeatedly subjected to high pressures or harsh chemicals like Lye, the aging of the roof structure is significantly accelerated. At this point, the concrete roof tiles are more likely to shift, slip, or break and asphalt shingles are more likely to become brittle and crack. When this happens, there is a greater likelihood of tearing the roof membrane simply by walking on the roof. Pressure cleaning will greatly increase the chances of this happening. Once gaps are created and subsequent pressure cleaning or harsh chemical cleaning is administered to a roof, these gaps provide water and/or the caustic solutions a path to the roof membrane, and increase the chance of costly roof leaks!
WHAT IS THE BEST TREATMENT OPTION ? 
Pressure Washing is much too destructive to the roof surface for this to be a viable option. For initial cleaning,  an RCIA Approved Chemical Roof Cleaning Solution can be used, followed by an application of our Apple Sauce  time released algaecide protection. Of course, proper care is always  taken to protect the landscaping and surrounding property.
The most effective long-term strategies will include periodic roof inspections, and regular applications of algaecide protectionA proper program of preventative maintenance will eliminate the need for future cleaning and the potential for damage that comes along with it. Most algaecide protection programs will last for approximately 6-12 months before the algae starts to take hold again and then cleaning or reapplication is necessary.
 High quality treatments like Apple Sauce™  will provide AT LEAST 2 years (24 months) of protection.
Obviously, the longer the time frame of effectiveness, the better your chances are of minimizing any unnecessary damage to the roof – just due the the decrease in walking on your roof! Treatment programs should be done yearly here in Tampa, and in conjunction with your neighbors whenever possible, applied every 12-24 months in conjunction with a roof inspection, and depending on roof type, and environmental conditions.Sometimes, these chemical roof treatments can be applied without a need for the Applicator to walk on your tile roof.
POTENTIAL COST SAVINGS
Homeowners’ Associations in the area, can take advantage of group buying discounts offered by Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa, that can lower the actual costs by as much as 30-40%. This translates into significant savings for the residents of the Association. For example, if an Association of 300 residents in Tampa can save $100 each, the residents have effectively saved $30,000, which can be put to other uses throughout the community. When combined with the aesthetics of a coordinated maintenance program and the reduction of the wear & tear on the roofs, this is the most logical choice for most Homeowner Associations in Tampa.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

Ask about our Total Roof Care Program to learn more about how you can keep your roof looking great, 
without spending much money! 
Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa is committed to providing the very best in customer service and property maintenance in the safest and most cost-effective manner for our clients. All of our work is guaranteed and we are licensed and insured for your protection! 
Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation quote!  
Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa is an authorized Applicator of Apple Sauce, 
the safest chemical roof treatment available !
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CHEMICALLY CLEANING BARREL TILE ROOF IN TAMPA FLORIDA

Posted Posted in algae, black algae, black stains, black streaks, cleaning roof, Tampa Florida, tile roofs

Here is A barrel tile roof cleaning job near Tampa Florida that we did last week. This luxury custom built home is 14,000 sq feet, including the 5 car garage, and the owner of this beautiful property is a repeat customer. This one had those wide barrel tiles that are quite common on luxury homes here in Tampa.  This tile roof also had a lot of Copper designer accents on it, so we had to clean slowly, and be sure not to get any of the barrel tile roof cleaning solution on the Copper Accents

 

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   or it could have stripped the Patina. Our customer is a car collector, and had several old and rare muscle cars in the garage. He had a Hemi Cuda as well as a 1976 Trans Am 455 4 speed car that was black and gold, with the big Firebird Emblem on the hood. He is also a Tampa Bay Buccaneer Fan, so we talked plenty of football and hot rods, once we got done cleaning his roof. He told me that several Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s live close to him, in his exclusive subdivision. It feels good when one of our past roof cleaning customers hires us again. We have been doing what we do here in the Tampa area nearly 22 years, and nearly 1/2 of our current business is from customers we have serviced in the past. Though we apply a special roof treatment chemical so our roofs stay clean longer, it is important to kill the Black Algae that is growing on your roof will eventually grow back. The heat and high humidity here in the Tampa Florida area will make certain of that. Our customers home was also right on a freshwater lake, and anytime you have a home on a body of Freshwater, the ambient humidity in the area is also higher, causing accelerated regrowth of this Black Algae
Our goal is to prevent the regrowth of this plant, for as long as our current technology permits. Call us at 813-655-8777 for a free estimate and consultation on all your barrel tile roof cleaning needs.We will answer any and all questions you might have about what is the best way to clean your roof, as well as provide an immediate estimate on what it will cost.  

WHEN IS IT TIME TO GET MY ROOF CLEANED ?

Posted Posted in Florida, Moss, Tampa, tile roofs, Uncategorized

  

July 5, 2017 Many homeowners here in Tampa Florida are good about cleaning gutters, or washing off dirty spots on the house, but what about the roof? Most roofs need to be cleaned every few years and rarely are! If you live in a climate with a high volume of rain, humidity, and wind, it can be hard to maintain a clean roof. Being in a city with a high level of pollution or simply living near a highway can also affect how dirty your roof gets. By maintaining a roof cleaning schedule with the help of experts from roofing in South East Idaho, you can save years that bacteria and algae would have otherwise taken from your roof. The type of roof you have here in the Tampa Florida area also affects how often your roof may need to be cleaned. A product that is unlike the rest in terms of cleaning, are composite roof tiles. Specifically, Brava’s Roof Tiles [http://www.bravarooftile.com] are highly weatherproof and made from recycled plastic. This means they absorb almost no water and the changes of algae, mold, or water damage with these roof tiles are next to nothing. On the other hand, Clay Tiles are a difficult roof material to keep clean. They cannot easily be power washed due to their fragile nature. A powerful stream of water will shatter the tiles almost immediately. However, if you like the look of Clay Tiles, Brava offers composite Spanish barrel tiles with the same look, but far more durable. The composite products also rarely need to be cleaned. Wood shake roofing can be difficult to keep clean as well. It is not as simple as power washing the tiles and can take certain treatments to keep the wooden roof from rotting.  Asphalt Shingles are easier than the other materials here in Tampa to keep clean, but after years their appearance can still be difficult to maintain. 

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3 Signs That You Need a Roof Cleaning Here are a few tips on what to look out for on your roof so you now it is definitely time to get it cleaned! Remember though, even if these signs aren’t visible to you, if your roof has not been cleaned in several years it is probably time and once your roof is cleaned and you think you roof needs some repair you can find the best Roofing repair Company in Lewisville TX to fix the damages in you roof.

  1. Algae: This is most commonly seen in the form of black streaks on your roof here in Tampa Florida
  2. . This is triggered by rain and your roof staying damp. At this point, there is still time for the roof to be cleaned and the shingles to stay intact.
  1. Moss: This is likely if your roof sits in a shaded area. This maintains dampness in your roof tiles and can cause more serious damage if left untreated.
  1. Lichen: This is a fungus that protects algae. This is a sure sign your roof needs to be cleaned, and possible even replaced. Lichen has roots that dig into roofing and break down asphalt. If shingles are left untreated, your shingles will likely start to erode.       

FOUR REASONS TO CLEAN YOUR ROOF BEFORE YOU SELL

Posted Posted in Homeowners Association, shrubs, Tampa, Tampa Florida, tile roofs

 A home’s roof here in the Tampa Florida area takes a lot of abuse to keep homeowners safe and comfortable. In summer, the roofing materials experience constant exposure to the sun, wind, hail, and rain. But in addition to the hot and humid weather in Tampa, roofing materials also come under attack from dirt, leaves, and other materials. Luckily, having the roof cleaned by Roofers in Pocatello can help to neutralize these attacks, as well as give the home increased curb appeal to impress buyers.

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1. Roof cleaning can prevent staining and help the roof retain its original color and attractiveness Many types of trees and bushes that are commonly planted around residential homes have the potential to cause streaks and stains on roof surfaces from the pigments and dyes in leaves, pollen, and blossoms. In addition to plant matter, smoke, salt spray, vehicle exhaust fumes, and many other substances found in the air can build up on roof surfaces and make them look drab and old. Periodic cleaning of the roof surfaces can remove stains, streaks, and built up substances from roofing materials and help to keep them looking fresh and bright.

2. Roof cleaning can help maintain the roof’s integrity and lengthen its lifespan
Another excellent reason to have a residential roof cleaned regularly is to remove materials that can settle or grow on the surface. Falling leaves, pollen, acorns, twigs, moss, and lichens, settle or grow into thick layers on the roof surface. When these become waterlogged from rain, they can begin to degrade the surface. If the accumulation becomes heavy enough, damage to the roof’s structural support can begin to occur. Since this type of damage can be very expensive to repair, homeowners will find it much more cost-efficient to eliminate this risk by remembering to have their roofs cleaned on a regular schedule. Contact commercial roofers to schedule your roof cleanings.

3. Roof cleaning can make a home more energy efficient
Many roofing materials are designed to boost the energy efficiency of the home by reflecting the heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it and overheating the attic space. When a roof becomes dull and dirty, it loses its ability to reflect hot sunshine. In addition to increasing cooling costs, this can also cause the home’s cooling system to work harder, decreasing the lifespan of the unit. To help keep cooling systems working as efficiently as possible and enjoy the lowest cooling bills, homeowners in Tampa will want to add periodic roof cleaning to their home maintenance plan.

4. Roof cleaning can help keep the home insurance company happy
Roof replacement and repair are frequent claims that homeowners in Tampa make on their home insurance policies. Since insurers strive to reduce the numbers of these claims in order to limit their liability and allow them to offer homeowners better rates on their insurance policies, insurance brokers want to prevent these claims, when possible. Roofs that are dirty or covered with leaves and other materials are known to increase potential issues, such as leaks and roof failures. Because of this, some insurers regularly do drive-by inspections of roofing and alert homeowners when their roofs need cleaned. Failing to take these alerts seriously can result in rising premiums for policies or even cancellation. Regular, periodic cleaning is the proactive way for homeowners to make sure their insurance companies are happy and their rates are more likely to remain affordable. Call us at 813-655-8777 to have your roof cleaned safely, w/o using any pressure.

TAMPA ROOF RUINED BY IMPROPER ROOF CLEANING

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All roof cleaning being advertised here in the Tampa Florida area is NOT the same. These poor folks up in North Tampa got a lower priced quote to have their shingle roof cleaned then the one we gave them. Yes, they saved 50.00 compared to our price for professional roof cleaning, and now they have an asphalt shingle roof that is ruined forever. To make matters worse for them, their Tampa area homeowners association is now demanding a total roof replacement.
These people received a get your roof cleaned or else letter from their HOA. I remember this person very well from when she called us. Like many people who get a roof cleaning letter from their homeowners association, she was quite angry. In fact, she even accused her HOA of “picking on her”. I assured her that several people in her North Tampa subdivision also received letters, and since we had plenty of other roofs to clean in her area, we could save her some money. When I gave her the estimate to clean her roof, she reacted in horror, and told me “our price was too high”. I explained to her that we are the 2002 Brandon Chamber Of Commerce Business Of The Year Winner, and did not win this award by ripping people off, or ruining our customers shingle and tile roofs. She said she wanted to “shop around”, and I did tell her to be very very careful.
She called us back, and ask me to come out and see the damage the uninsured and unlicensed Tampa Roof Cleaning Company she hired did to her asphalt shingle roof.
The picture tells the story.
She also asked me why I did not put more sales pressure on her, to buy the roof cleaning service from us. I told her “There are 2 things I have learned in life, number 1, there is a God, and number 2, it is not me” I can’t make anyone do anything, and I despise high pressure salespeople.

Below is another roof that was ruined in Tampa Palms. This time, it was a tile roof.

Tile Roof Ruined By Tampa Pressure Washing Company

ROOF CLEANING TAMPA – HUNTERS GREEN

Posted Posted in black algae, black stains, black streaks, cleaning roof, Homeowners Association, non-pressure, roof cleaning chemicals, Tampa Florida, tile roofs

 

Hunters Green is a deed restricted community in New Tampa with a strict Homeowners Association. We have been a Hunters Green recommended Tampa Roof Cleaning Company as long as we can remember. A Hunters Green resident we did a non pressure roof cleaning for almost 10 years ago put us on the Homeowners List. If you received a roof cleaning letter from your HOA, there is no need to fear. We will not ruin your roof with questionable chemicals or Pressure Washing, and the rest of your Tampa home will stay cleaner, because the black algae from your roof is not spreading all over your home and property every time it rains, or the wind blows. Here are just a few Tampa Roof Cleaning Pictures of Hunters Green Homes we have done. Call us at 813-655-8777 to get an idea of what your roof cleaning cost will be.

Tampa Tile Roof We Cleaned Last Week

Posted Posted in cleaning roof, Florida, Tampa Florida, tile roofs

If we have a niche, it would probably be doing large, hard to do tile roofs. Here is one we cleaned awhile ago.
If you look at  the picture, you will see the Manlift we used to avoid walking all over this tile roof. This home was put on the market after we completed the Tile Roof Cleaning Using Lift, and the owners were adamant about not having any broken tiles. Yes, the use of a Manlift adds a little more expense to any tile roof cleaning job, but it allows us to safely clean the tiles, w/o any walking on them! This home is in the north part of Tampa. Home values in this area are at an all time high, so these owners decided to list this beautiful home for sale, and move up to the Florida panhandle area, once it sells. Like myself, the owners moved to the Tampa area back in the 1970’s.  Like myself, their Kids are all grown and successful.  In fact, we spent a considerable amount of time showing each other pictures of our Grandchildren!  I am 64 years old, and it was sure cool to meet some customers from my generation!

So, if you are looking into getting your tile roof cleaned, and you want it done right, give us a call at 813.655.8777

Tile Roof Cleaning Using Lift

Posted Posted in cleaning roof, Florida, RCIA, Tampa, tile roofs

Here is a large tile roof cleaning job we just did in Valrico, Florida. Valrico Florida is an eastern suburb of Tampa.
As you can see, we used a large man lift to prevent us having to walk on this tile roof. A man lift like this that not only goes up, but also goes over the roof is technically called an articulating boom lift. Sometimes they are also known as a knuckle boom lift. This home was sold to a new buyer, and the old owner of this home could not take a chance of any broken tiles, because that could void the sales contract. A large articulating boom manlift can cost over 150,000.00, far too expensive for any roof cleaning company to own. When a lift is needed to clean a steep or very fragile tile roof, we rent them. However, unlike some other Tampa Tile Roof Cleaning Companies, we do not mark up our cost to rent a lift! We are not looking to “sock it to our customers” , or close a sale. We are looking to open a relationship because we want to be your roof cleaning company for life!
The heat, moisture and humidity here in the Tampa Florida area ensure that your roof will get dirty again, so you will need a roof cleaner in the future, and we want that roof cleaner to be Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa !

We bring over 20 years of tile roof cleaning experience to each and every job. We are not painters, yard guys, handymen, pressure washers or window cleaners. I’m a roofer and a cleaning expert, certified by the Roof Cleaning Institute Of America (RCIA).

RCIA Certified Tile Roof Cleaning Company

Call us at 813-655-8777 for a free estimate on getting your tile roof cleaned properly.