Four Reasons To Clean Your Roof Before You Sell

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 A home's roof 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. In winter, accumulations of snow and ice, along with the constant stress of freeze and thaw cycles can make these materials brittle and more easily damaged. But in addition to weather, roofing materials also come under attack from dirt, leaves, and other materials. Luckily, having the roof cleaned can help to neutralize these attacks, as well as give the home increased curb appeal to impress buyers.

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.

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 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 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.
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Walden Lake Roof Cleaning

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Here is another roof cleaning we did today in The Walden Lake subdivision in Plant City Florida.
 This will be the last cleaning for this asphalt shingle roof, since it is 18 years old. We made it look as good as an 18 year old asphalt shingle roof can, so these customers could get the Walden Lake HOA off their backs. One of the reasons the homeowners association sends out roof cleaning letters, is to keep all the roofs in Walden Lake as clean as possible, for as long as possible. This black algae that discolors roofs has it's spores by the wind and squirrels. So, one filthy roof in a subdivision can infect all the close by neighbors roofs.  If you live in Walden Lake and need to have your shingle or tile roof cleaned, call us for an estimate at 813 655 8777

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Non Pressure Roof Cleaning Plant City Florida

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Here is the second non pressure roof cleaning we did in Plant City Florida today 8-22-2017
We did a soft wash exterior cleaning, as well as a no pressure roof cleaning for this shingle roof.
 This roof was not as dirty as the first one we cleaned today, but the back of the house had really bad mold on it. Plant City has had a lot of rainfall this summer, and the algae and mold are growing like crazy, on many of the homes there.
Our customers were very happy. This was the first time they have used our roof cleaning company. They found us on a Google Search for "Roof Cleaning Tampa".  Even though they live in Plant City, these customers decided to look for Tampa Company, because they felt they would get a better job.
Call us at 813 655 8777 for a non pressure roof cleaning estimate. We offer service in a 50 mile radius of Tampa, and will travel further, if the job is large enough. 
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Roof Cleaning Plant City Florida

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Here is a shingle roof we cleaned today 8-23-2017 in Plant City, Florida.
As you can see, this roof was pretty dirty, but cleaned up very nice. This job was a referral from the neighbors across the street, who hired us to clean their roof about 1 year ago.

 This home was in Walden Lake in Plant City, and they are a deed restricted community. Our customer got a letter asking him to clean  his roof, from the Walden Lake Homeowners Association.
If you would like a free estimate on how much it will cost to clean your shingle or tile roof, call us at 813 655 8777 Today!

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Roof Cleaning Brandon Florida 813-655-8777

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Non Pressure Roof Cleaning is the safest and most effect way to win the battle in Brandon against those nasty mold and mildew stains growing on the top side of your roof shingles or tiles. If you live anywhere in the greater Brandon Florida area, feel free to give us a call at 813 655 8777 for a free estimate. 

Brandon is a beautiful area, but as is the case with most of Florida, it can also can be very humid here. That perfect environment for growing roof born algae and fungus. Black roof stains not only look bad aesthetically, they also lessen the effectiveness of your shingles. These black stains actually reduce the shingles ability to release heat, which then becomes trapped in your attic, increasing your air conditioning cost.

Apple Roof Cleaning understands the importance of maintaining a very clean work environment. We also take the extra care to not damage any of your trees, landscaping, shrubbery or yard. 

Neither small children or pets will be harmed by our cleaning process.

Our chemical formulas are approved, recommended and provided by ARMA, GAF and Owens Corning. All plants and bushes are covered and watered down before, during and after your home or roof cleaning to insure the utmost care taken of each and every home!

From start to finish the entire process will be handled in the highest professional manner by fully trained and RCIA Certified roof cleaners. Your complete satisfaction is our guarantee.

Thank you again to all of our friends in Brandon Florida for the opportunity to serve you, and we look forward to hearing from you. 813-655-8777
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Cleaning South Tampa Tile Roof

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Here is a medium size barrel tile roof our guys cleaned today in South Tampa.
This roof was done on a Saturday, so we allowed our guys to head on over to the Ballast Point Pier and do a little fishing, before the expected thundershowers hit Tampa today.

Our customers were tickled pink at the results of their tile roof cleaning.
They just bought this home, and moved here to South Tampa from New Orleans.
He is an architect, and his wife is a nurse who got a job at Tampa General.
He works downtown, so both of them are pretty close to their jobs, in their new home.

If you have any kind of roof that needs to be washed, give us a call at 813 655 8777 for a free estimate, with no obligation.

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Prepare Your Roof for Hurricane Season

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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. 
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What Is The Best Roof For Tampa Florida ?

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 If you own a home here in the Tampa Florida area, you know how hard the humidity, wind, heat and sun are on the different types of roofing materials. So, let's take a quick look at some of the most popular types of roofing materials used here..

In Florida,  fiberglass-based asphalt shingles are by far the most common roofing material used for residential roofing applications. They are easy to install, relatively affordable, last 20 to 30 years here,  and are recyclable in some areas. Asphalt shingles come in a large number of styles and colors. Often, zinc and copper granules are embedded in the granules of the shingles, to combat algae and mildew growth. These are commonly called algae resistant shingles, but they still get dirty  eventually, and require cleaning.

You'll most commonly see tile roofs in the southern United States. Homes that are 50 or 60 years old may still have their original tile roof, thanks to superior durability.
Most tiles used for roofing are made from clay, concrete or sand, but improvements in the manufacturing process have led to lighter weight, composite tiles that offer the same kind of longevity. Manufacturers typically rate their tiles for 50 years of life with proper maintenance, but in many cases that's a conservative estimate. In part, this is because of tile's natural resistance to sun damage along with superior protection against insect damage and rot. Water does not decay tile, and tile offers no food source for insects.

Properly installed, a metal roof should last as long as the house, sealing out water, surviving high winds, and easily shedding snow. Metal is resistant to fire, mildew, insects, and rot. Warranties vary widely, but most companies back their products for 20 to 50 years. Paint finishes typically have a 30-year limited warranty.
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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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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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