5/31/2017

Cleaning A Barrel Tile Roof In Tampa Palms

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Here is a tile roof we did recently, in Tampa Palms.  We do a lot of work in the 33647 zip code.
These are what are called barrel tiles, and are much harder to clean then either an asphalt shingle, or a flat tile roof.
This customer found us on a Tampa Bay Football Blog. We are regular posters on that football blog, and Bucs Season Ticket holders.
Here is a picture of the barrel tile roof, before we cleaned it
 Below is the side of the barrel tile roof of this Tampa Palms home. As you can see, there was plenty of landscaping we had to protect

The pictures above are the same barrel tile roof after we got dome cleaning it. Tampa Palms is pretty strict, and our customer got a clean your roof of else letter from the Tampa Palms HOA. He was pretty freaked out about getting the letter, because he was from out of state, where roof cleaning was nearly unheard of. In fact, he was from the Phoenix area, where the humidity is very low, compared to here in Tampa. We told him to contact his homeowners association, and tell them he had contracted us to wash his roof.
The HOA was very nice to him, and said they were familiar with our work, since we clean so many roofs in Tampa Palms.

So, if you have a Barrel Tile roof that needs a bath, give us a call at 813 655 8777 for a free estimate.
Most of the time, we can see all we need about your property to give an immediate estimate, from Google Earth!

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Non Pressure Shingle Roof Cleaning Tampa FL

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The before and after pictures speak for themselves on this Non Pressure Shingle Roof Cleaning we did recently, here in the Tampa FL area.
This customer had a neighbor who had his shingle roof ruined by pressure washing, and wanted to be sure did not use any pressure, to clean his roof.




We did not wait for this roof to dry to take the before and after pictures, but you get the idea.
This shingle roof in North Tampa was safely cleaned with our non pressure system.
If you need to have your roof cleaned, give us a call at 813 655 8777 for a free, no obligation estimate.

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Repeat Roof Cleaning in Tampa Florida

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This is the second time we have cleaned this roof in Tampa.  This customer received a letter from his HOA recently, and remembered us. He used us 5 years ago, and remembered us, after all these years!
This will probably be the last time we clean this roof. Next time it gets dirty, it will be time for a brand new roof. Though the roof looks almost brand new from a distance, there is quite a lot of the granule loss, that indicates an aging roof. Call us at 813 655 8777 for a free, no obligation roof cleaning estimate.




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5/23/2017

Tile Roof Maintenance: How to Know When it’s Time to Clean

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Many homeowners here in the Tampa area are good about cleaning gutters, or washing off dirty spots on the house, but what about the roof? Most tile roofs here in Central Florida 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 like Tampa 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, you can save years that bacteria and algae would have otherwise taken from your tile roof.


The type of roof you have 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.
Tile roof in Tampa, before and after cleaning


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 washing the tiles and can take certain treatments to keep the wooden roof from rotting.  Asphalt shingles are easier than the other materials to keep clean, but after years their appearance can still be difficult to maintain.

3 Signs That You Need a Tile 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.

  1. Algae: This is most commonly seen in the form of black streaks on your roof. This is triggered by rain and your roof staying damp. At this point, there is still time for the tile 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 tile 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.

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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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