4/15/2009

Roof Cleaning Recommendations Of The Roof Cleaning Institute Of America !

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APPLE ROOF CLEANING TAMPA FLORIDA
7401 Patrician Place
Tampa Florida 33619
(813)293 1733
(813)655 8777

TECHNICAL BULLETIN

What you should know about cleaning your roof.
DON'T REPLACE IT..CLEAN IT!!

Your house is most likely your biggest investment and your roof is one of the most expensive parts of your house. It is extremely important to have the utmost in confidence in your decision before hiring a qualified roof cleaning contractor.

Certified Roof Cleaning Institute of America roof cleaning contractors only use chemicals approved by the ARMA* Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association and do not use pressure on your shingles. RCIA roof cleaning contractors also provide our customers with technical bulletins directly from Asphaltroofing.org and shingle manufacturers to prove that our procedures and chemicals are properly formulated for roof cleaning. Our chemicals provide enough cleaning power to remove all mold, mildew, and streaks...without pressure washing or heavy rinsing.

We 100% guarantee your roof will look brand new!

Pressure washing is never recommended because it will remove a large amount of the ceramic coated granules from your shingles, which will void the warranty. Even low pressure will cause granule loss and shorten the life of your shingles. If you have ever cleaned out the inside of your gutters you will notice granules in them just from the rain taking them off. Think what any additional pressure would do to your roof. For instance, you see someone cleaning a roof with pressure and it appears they have done a good job just because the streaks and discoloration are gone, but guess what? So is a large amount of the protective ceramic coated granules which insure your shingle's warranty. Nobody wants to replace a prematurely failed roof due to an incompetent roof cleaning contractor, and you shouldn't have to.

We offer a ____ year warranty against any streaks reappearing on your shingles.

Always use a 'chemical only' cleaning process for your roof. Roof cleaning is a completely different trade from pressure washing requiring different pumps, plumbing, hoses, nozzles, valves, chemicals, caution, knowledge, experience, skill, and insurance. The certified RCIA roof cleaners have all of the necessary tools, and have learned from the best roof cleaning professionals in the country.

Make sure you know what kind of chemicals are being applied on your property. Do not accept "it's biodegradable" for an answer. Even uranium is biodegradable over 50,000 years or so.

Because many "competitors" lack our roof cleaning equipment, knowledge, training, and experience, they sometimes apply a dangerously strong chemical solution. Sodium Hydroxide and Potassium Hydroxide will dissolve the asphalt and tar on your roof, shortening the life of your shingles and voiding the roof's warranty. Even sodium metasilicate is too corrosive.

Our chemicals do all of the work to remove streaks and discoloration from your roof and require no pressure or heavy rinsing. Because we do not have to rinse, your roof will stay cleaner longer than our competitors. Leaving the chemicals on the roof creates a roof treatment or a hostile environment for future algae growth. Each time it rains, a small amount of chemical is washed off to help re-clean your roof over and over again.

Concerned about your plants, pets, and landscaping?

We only spray the roof, not your plants. We always bag the ends of your downspouts, collect all the chemical run-off from the roof and dispose of them away from your landscaping. If the roof does not have gutters we will thoroughly dilute the roof cleaning chemical down to safe levels by spraying the landscaping with water before, during, and after applying chemical. After the chemical biodegrades and evaporates from the roof, the dried crystals and surfactant act as a roof treatment to keep the roof cleaner longer as it rains.

We have had to go behind many competitors who pressure wash or rinse their customers roofs, which start growing mold and streaks after only 1 year.

We guarantee our roof cleaning will outlast our competitors!

The price of cleaning your roof vs. replacing it, averages 1/10 the cost!

IT DOESN'T COST, IT PAYS TO CLEAN YOUR ROOF!

SAVE YOURSELF $$ THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS $$ !!!

Call us or visit the RCIA activeboard online if you have more questions.

http://roof-cleaning-institute.activeboard.com/index.spark

ARMA Technical bulletin - http://www.asphaltroofing.org/pdf/tb_217.pdf

GAF Technical bulletin - http://www.gaf.com/Content/Documents
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Cleaning Roof Shingles Tampa Florida

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APPLE ROOF CLEANING TAMPA FLORIDA
7401 Patrician Place
Tampa Florida 33619
(813)293 1733
(813)655 8777

Roof Shingle Cleaning Tampa FL

If you see that there are black streaks on your Tampa roof then it is a sure sign of algae formation on the roof shingles. It only means that the asphalt shingles have been invaded by roof algae and you need to treat it properly, otherwise your tampa asphalt shingle roof will appear very dirty and stained. It will mar the entire look of your house.
The fiberglass roofing shingles have sufficient moisture and environment which is conductive to the breeding of roof algae. Thus they breed really fast in the roof shingles.
You need to clean the asphalt roof shingles with roof cleaning chemicals which are specially formulated for it. Many Tampa house owners install copper shingles. They like the rich stately look of the copper shingles. The copper shingles do look great and marvelous when they are newly installed but they need maintenance. With the passage of time the natural elements play their role and the shingles appear dull and blackish or what we may also call “ugly”. It is very time consuming and tedious to clean and polish the copper shingles. You are not a roof cleaning professional and this job is not meant for you. You must always call a roof cleaning professional to clean the copper shingles. If you have spent a fortune getting copper shingles installed do spend a small amount in maintaining them too otherwise the fortune that you spent getting them installed will be a total waste!
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Green Mildew Cleaning Tampa Roof Shingles

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APPLE ROOF CLEANING TAMPA
7401 Patrician Place
Tampa 33619
(813)293 1733
(813)655 8777

Asphalt roofs across Tampa FL are being infested by a dark green algae (commonly considered black mold or Mildew). The technical term for the algae is Gloeocapsa Magma.
Gloeocapsa Magma Algae Mold or Gren Mildew is spread by wind and animals, and grows from a dot to a spot to a streak. As a Gloeocapsa Magma Algae Green Mildew colony grows, older algae decompose and will hold moisture, which enables the entire colony to grow even more rapidly. Many times a Tampa homeowner will just notice a spot, and in no time, half the asphalt roof shingles are covered.
Luckily, the Gloeocapsa Magma Algae Mildew can be removed with professional Tampa roof algae cleaning service .
Because the algae is spread by the wind, annual roof shingle care and prevention is needed in Tampa to prevent the Gloeocapsa Magma Algae Mildew from returning to your Tampa Roof.
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Cleaning Roof Shingles Tampa FL

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APPLE ROOF CLEANING TAMPA FL
7401 Patrician Place
Tampa Florida 33619
(813)293 1733
(813)655 8777

In many areas across Florida roof algae (Gloeocapsa Magma) is a growing problem. The algae thrives in warm humid climates like Tampa's, 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 in Tampa the algae only needs one more element to survive and that's food.

Black 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 to 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 roof with no rhyme or reason, though it does seem to be more prominent in areas holding a lot of trees. Once the roof algae 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 roof algae begins feeding on the nutrients in the shingles.
When 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!
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Black Roof Stains On Tampa Roof

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Gloeocapsa magma is blue-green algae, which is cyanobacteria, it is a type of algae. Algae are polyphyletic, and major algal groups are not all closely related to each other. Algae is NOT a taxonomic category, it is just a common name for all things photosynthetic that are NOT plants. Cyanobacteria are an ancient line of photosynthesizing bacteria, responsible for Oxygen gas in the atmosphere. It can be said that Cyanobacteria are responsible for all advanced forms (eukaryotic cells) of life on earth. It has gained notoriety in here in the Southeast.
The reason is this particular type of blue-green algae is responsible for creating the unattractive black roof stains and/or streaks commonly noticed by many. The blue-green algae, unicellular, accumulate over time; this accumulation begins to show the problematic black stains as the cyanobacteria develop their dark and hard UV-protective outer coating.

The primary reasoning behind the rapid spread and noticeability of this algae in the Tampa Florida area are:

1. Rising humidity and temperatures in Tampa combined with more and more bacteria spores promotes their spread with these favorable conditions.

2. Fiberglass shingles (the most commonly seen amongst today's residential homes) have been being made with limestone as a filler (in the asphalt). These shingles hold moisture and organic "bacteria food" material longer (especially on the North-side in the Midwest) than the paper/asphalt/ceramic shingles of 20+ years ago. Additionally, these particular algae enjoy the limestone as a food source.

Once the blue-green algae have become noticeable, the stains will continue to worsen year to year. There is debate over the actual harmfulness of this particular blue-green algae to roofs, as there is little supportive scientific research. However, most "experts" within the subject area conclude the blue-green algae to be harmful, if left untreated, as the growth holds moisture within shingles causing premature aging, rotting, and/or granule loss.




APPLE ROOF CLEANING TAMPA
7401 Patrician Place
Tampa FL 33619
(813)293 1733
(813)655 8777
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Roof Cleaning New Tampa Florida 33647, 33544

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Here is a roof with black streaks we cleaned in New Tampa.
This was a Hunters Green Roof Cleaning In New Tampa FL.







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APPLE ROOF CLEANING NEW TAMPA FLORIDA
7401 Patrician Place
Tampa Florida 33619
(813)293 1733
(813)655 8777
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4/13/2009

Tile Roof Cleaning Apollo Beach FL

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Apollo Beach Tile Roof Cleaning we did last year.
Apollo Beach FL is just south of Tampa.
It is located on Tampa Bay.
This vertical tile roof surface was cleaned from the ground.
We do a lot of tile roof cleaning in Apollo Beach.




 
 
 
 


APPLE TILE ROOF CLEANING TAMPA FLORIDA
7401 Patrician Place
Tampa FL 33619
(813)293 1733
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Tampa Palms Tile Roof Cleaning

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This roof was in Tampa Palms in New Tampa FLorida.
It was a two story tile roof.
We needed a 40 foot ladder to clean it.
It was a pretty dramatic before and after tile roof cleaning picture.
The owners of this beautiful Tampa Palms home were delighted with our roof cleaning service!



 
 
 
 


APPLE TILE ROOF CLEANING TAMPA FL
7401 Patrician Place
Tampa Florida 33619
(813)293 1733
(813)655 8777
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Roof Cleaning Training Tampa FL

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Here is Kevin training a couple of soon to be retired Firefighters who came here to Tampa to be trained by us in 2007!
Roof Cleaning Training is something we have done for over 10 years!
Prospective Roof Cleaners from all over the USA come here to Tampa to be properly trained in the latest roof cleaning methods!





 

 

 



APPLE ROOF CLEANING TAMPA
7401 Patrician Place
Tampa FL 33619
(813)293 1733
(813)655 8777
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4/12/2009

Largest Roof Cleaning Rig In The World ?

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This MAY be the LARGEST Florida Roof Cleaning Set Up ever assembled ?
It belongs to our good friend Dave from Roof Clean USA in Tallahassee Florida.
Dave is the Roof Cleaning Institute Of America Administrator.



APPLE ROOF CLEANING TAMPA FLORIDA
7401 Patrician Place
Tampa Florida 33619
(813)293 1733
(813)655 8777
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First Tampa Roof Cleaning Truck !

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Our FIRST Tampa Roof Cleaning Truck !
Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa started cleaning roofs in Tampa in 1993!
This was our FIRST roof cleaninng truck.
Here you can see the little guy standing proudly in the parking lot of a Tampa Apartment Complex he cleaned!


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Tampa Florida 33619
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Tampa Tile Roof Cleaning Cheval

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Tile Roof Cleaning Cheval Tampa FL
Here we are cleaning another Tile Roof In Tampa area.
Cheval is a Golf community in Lutz, FL just north of Tampa.
We are using a Man Lift to clean this Tile Roof in Cheval.
Our Tile Roof Cleaning Customer told us that a few years ago, The Cheval Homeowners Association sent our Roof Cleaning Letters.
A Tampa Pressure Washing Company cleaned a bunch of Tile Roofs in Cheval, and busted up a LOT of Roof Tiles.
Because our customer had a BAD experience with another Tampa Roof Cleaning Company who used Pressure to clean his Tile Roof, he wanted absolutely NO walking on his tile roof.
So, we cleaned it with a Man Lift, w/o walking on the Roof Tiles.




 
 
 
 


APPLE ROOF CLEANING TAMPA FLORIDA
7401 Patrician Place
Tampa Florida 33619
(813)293 1733
(813)655 8777
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Cleaning Tampa Church Roof

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Here is a Tampa FL area Church Roof we cleaned recently.
The Pastor of this Tampa area Church was delighted with our roof cleaning services.
Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa does reduced cost Non Pressure Roof Cleaning for Non Profit Charity and Churches in the Tampa Florida area.
Call us at 813 655 8777


 
 
 
 


APPLE ROOF CLEANING TAMPA FLORIDA
7401 Patrician Place
Tampa Florida 33619
(813)293 1733
(813)655 8777
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Tile Roof Cleaning Tampa In Avila

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Tile Roof Cleaning Avila - Tampa FL
Cleaning Tile Roof Tampa w/o walking on it!
Here we are getting ready to clean a 10,000 sq ft Tile Roof in Avila, just north of Tampa.
As you can see, it was a challenge getting the Man Lift through the Gate ?






 
 
 
 


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7401 Patrician Place
Tampa Florida 33619
(813)293 1733
(813)655 8777
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Hi I am Chris! Founder of Apple Roof Cleaning. I enjoy Cleaning Shingle And Tile Roofs In The Tampa Florida area, and teaching what I know at The Roof Cleaning Institute Of America. Read More..
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