WHEN IS IT TIME TO GET MY ROOF CLEANED ?

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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. Click on this site if you’re interested to see these roof maintenance tips that’ll help with keeping your roof in top shape for longer

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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 Tampa Florida with a Google Search 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.       

APPLE ROOF CLEANING TAMPA FLORIDA (813) 655-8777

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Our Tampa Roof Cleaning Company was established in 1996 due to demand for quality residential and commercial non pressure roof cleaning in Tampa for a fair price.
We pride ourselves on providing our customers with high quality roof cleaning results, and personal service. Our Roof Cleaning Company is conveniently located in the heart of Hillsborough County, FL.
Providing good roof cleaning service means taking the time to listen. We will work with you to make sure you receive the proper non pressure roof cleaning services you need. We are client-oriented, and maintain the highest standards of customer service and professionalism. Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa is a Business with an A+ Rating at the Florida Better Business Bureau.

We hope you’ll find the information you need on this site about Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Florida and the products and services we provide. We look forward to cleaning your roof.
Our Goals

  • To provide the best Roof Cleaning Service possible in Tampa.
  • To exceed our Homeowners cleaning expectations on every completed roof cleaning project.
  • To provide fast and reliable non pressure roof cleaning service to every one of our Tampa, FL area clients.

Cleaning Roofs here in the Tampa Florida area

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We have been cleaning metal, shingle, and tile roofs safely here in the Tampa Florida area over 25 years. Here are some pictures of a few roofs we have cleaned in this area. For a free, no obligation estimate on having your roof cleaned safely, call us at 813 655 8777

All of these tile roofs were cleaned using absolutely no pressure washing!


   
As you can see, one of these tile roof’s was very very filthy, but we worked hard to get it cleaned.
This customer was transferred from here in the Tampa area, back up to Boston, and needed to get his home on the market, and sold.
We have done plenty of work for his realtor, who knows we can be depended on to get a tile roof looking it’s best, all w/o using any pressure!
Call us at 813 655 8777 for a free estimate, if you have either a barrel or a flat tile roof that needs cleaned


Softwash Roof Cleaning Tampa

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Here is a shingle roof we recently cleaned. The owner of this roof wanted to put his home on the market sense houses are bringing very good prices in the Tampa area. Because this house was for sale it was going to be put on the market after we got through cleaning it it was important not to use any pressure washing clean this roof. any home that’s going to be place for sale subject to a Roof inspection. So, we did our usual non pressure roof cleaning that some are calling Softwash Cleaning these days, or just Softwashing.

Commercial Tile Roof Cleaning Tampa FL

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Here is a tile roof Apple Roof Cleaning  just cleaned in Tampa. Because this is is a commercial office building, we had to work on the weekend, when these Doctor’s Offices are closed.  As seen in the images below the tile of the roof was quite dirty. It had years of Mold, Mildew, and Algae buildup on it. The Doctor’s were very pleased with our work, and one doctor said we made the tile roof look just like it did when it was new. He was so impressed, he hired up to clean the roof on his personal home in the Westshore Yacht Club Community. His personal home sits right on Tampa Bay.

If you have a dirty tile or shingle roof that needs a safe, non pressure cleaning, followed by a treatment, call Apple Roof Cleaning at 813-655-8777 for a free estimate by phone.

Dark Shading On Roofs

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Here is a great article written by our friends at Pacific Roof Cleaning

“Stud striping” or “structure striping” is a visible pattern that can be seen on building exteriors, typically on the north side and other shaded areas. This phenomena is a common site on building exteriors, particularly in areas where there is consistent moisture due to humidity, coastal marine layers, low lying valley fog, etc.

The dark shading is due to the proliferation of the cyano bacteria, gloeocapsa magma (GM). The pattern affect is the result of the direct contact transfer of heat from structural members such as studs, plates, headers, etc. The bacteria requires moisture to grow and flourish. The transfer of heat from framing dries the exterior surface quicker than areas where there are open or insulated bays. The result over time is a pattern, clearly showing the location of structural members below the exterior surface. To clean, disinfect and get the best service, get professionals from Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa.

Structural striping is not limited to walls. It can also be evident on composition roofs, with rafters being the heat transferring members. While GM has infested all roof types, a pattern due to the bacteria can typically be found at unheated areas such as eaves and overhangs. This perimeter roof shading is particularly obvious when the attic space has not been well insulated and allows heat from the home into the attic area. Hire a professional roofing repair company to help fix your roof.

In general, according to Arlington Baker, wood and tile roofs do not show a patterned growth of GM. This is because wood shingle and shake roofs have moderate insulating properties. In this article, saws that are suitable for the wooden works can be looked into which have various functions, one of which is to create surfaces that are perfect for such roofs. Properly installed tile roofs create a natural thermal break and generally do not come into direct contact with heat transferring structural members.
Darker colors tend to hide the bacteria while lighter colors make the shading more obvious. Solid building materials such as brick and mortar are equally affected by GM but there is no pattern due to internal heat transfer.
Commercial surfaces accentuate structural striping

Smaller residential homes with many windows, doors and comparatively smaller surface areas tend to obscure the pattern effect.  On the other hand, commercial buildings with large monotone surfaces accentuate the effects of structural striping. Typically, commercial building walls show the consistent stud pattern that results from both metal and wood studs.

The best way to remove stud striping

The safest and most effective methodis by using a chemical “soft wash” cleaning. This is true for at least two reasons. The first reason is that soft wash cleaning eradicates the bacteria that is the source of the problem. While using high pressure may remove the visible bacteria from the surface, it does not kill it. The great results from the soft wash method last much longer than cleaning with pressure. Another reason for using the softwash method is that it causes no damage. Many of the exterior surfaces where stud striping is evident can be damaged from the use of high pressure. Chemical cleaning uses no more pressure than a garden hose; yet the results are fast, thorough and effective.

Shingle Roof Cleaning

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Apple Roof Cleaning specializes in the cleaning of really steep, dangerous roofs others walk away from. We have a man lift we use for cleaning steep non walkable shingle and tile roofs. We are a nationally recognized Roof Cleaning Training Company, teachers of the very latest advances in safe, non pressure roof cleaning methods. Click the picture above for more information, or simply call us for a free estimate by telephone at 813-655-8777

Tile Roof Cleaning

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tile-roof-cleaning-tampaPressure Washing a flat cement tile, ceramic tile, or barrel tile roof, will often break or damage it. Pressure Washing a tile roof requires walking all over it. If all that walking around doesn’t bust up your roof tiles, the high pressure certainly can. Pressure Washing Tile Roofs does not kill the plant (Algae) that is growing up there, it merely scatters this still living plant all over the place! It is not unusual for a Tampa area Homeowner who had their Tile Roof Pressure Washed, to have to get their homes and screen rooms/pool decks cleaned shortly after this crude, and obsolete cleaning method! We’re RCIA Certified Non Pressure Tile Roof Cleaning experts, we’ll take care of you! Click the picture for more information, or simply call us at 813-655-8777.

FAQ About Roof Cleaning In Tampa

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Frequently Asked Roof Cleaning Questions

 

Q: What is the safest method for cleaning my tile or shingle roof in Tampa ?

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A: A trusted source for safe roof cleaning are the technical bulletins put out by The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (They are an organization that represents the largest shingle manufacturers in the United States) and ELK/GAF (The largest shingle manufacturer in North America). Both of these technical bulletins provide the only chemicals that they consider safe to clean asphalt shingles without voiding the shingle warranties. Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa only uses cleaners approved by ARMA and the RCIA (Roof Cleaning Institute Of America)

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

Q: Will Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa use a pressure washer to clean my tile or shingle  roof?

A: No. we use a No Pressure Roof Cleaning Method. The Roof Cleaning Chemical is applied using less pressure than that found out of a garden hose. Using a pressure washer will void the shingle warranty and cause premature failure of asphalt shingles.

Q: When should my tile or shingle roof cleaning service be completed?

A: A shingle roof cleaning in the Tampa Florida area is usually most effective any time of the year. The average temperature is usually above 50 degrees any time of year here. Tile roof cleaning is best performed when it is a sunny day, and the temperature is above 70 degrees. The cleaning chemicals work better when helped by the Sun and warm temperatures. Some companies will clean a tile roof when it is colder outside, or overcast, and use a stronger chemical solution to compensate. This can have strip the glaze from your roof tiles, and kill your plants! Beware!

Q: Why is temperature important to roof cleaning?

A: Once the average temperature is above 50 degrees, the algae will open up and come out of a dormant stage. When the algae is open and growing is the most effective time for roof cleaning chemical to do its job.

Q: When should I schedule my service with Apple Roof Cleaning of Tampa?

A: Most any time, because we have 2 full time roof cleaning trucks to serve your needs quickly.

Q: What sets Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa above the competition?

A: At Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa, we only use the “No Pressure Roof Cleaning method”. This method is the only accepted practice by the Roof Cleaning Institute Of America. We offer a satisfaction guarantee and are FULLY INSURED (million dollar policy). We have invested in the finest equipment the industry has to offer.

Our EMPLOYEES set us above the rest! All of our knowledgeable employees are trained and Certified in “Low Pressure Cleaning”, are drug-free, uniformed, and arrive at the scheduled time.

Q: Is roof cleaning harmful to my landscaping?

A: Yes and NO. Let me explain… In the hands of an inexperienced roof cleaner, a roof cleaning solution will kill any vegetation it comes in contact with. After all, it is designed to kill the algae, lichen, and moss growing on a roof.

BUT…

In the hands of a Certified roof cleaner, precautionary measures are taken before, during, and after the roof cleaning process to prevent any damage to landscaping. Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa has adopted all safety practices for both personnel and vegetation in it’s employee handbook.

Q: Where would be a good place for a homeowner in Tampa to learn more about roof cleaning?

A: Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa is a member of the RCIA (Roof Cleaning Institute Of America) and recommends their site for additional roof cleaning information. Click this link to visit: RCIA WEBSITE

Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa (813)655-8777 is a fully-insured, full-service shingle and tile roof cleaning company serving Tampa Florida, and surrounding areas. Our experienced, RCIA CERTIFIED technicians are highly trained, knowledgeable, and courteous. We incorporate military discipline and values to every project we encounter, guaranteeing 110% satisfaction everytime. Call today for a FREE ESTIMATE for any of our RCIA Certified Roof Cleaning services.