Tile Roof Cleaners Tampa Florida

Here is a filthy barrel tile roof we washed in Tampa. The owners of this home wanted to put the house on the market, and get it sold. He got a promotion,
and it required a move down to South Florida. He jokingly told us that he was a litigation attorney, and if we broke any roof tiles, he would sue us!

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Dirty Tile Roof in North Tampa Florida before it was cleaned
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Dirty Tile Roof in North Tampa Florida after it was cleaned chemically, w/o using any pressure washing!

We told him to relax, and let him know loud and clear that this was not our first Rodeo. He said he was just joking, and that he had “done his homework” on us. He initially found out about our roof cleaning company from his Realtor at Florida Executive Realty, but he did further research, before he hired us.
It was a pleasure to clean his barrel tile roof, and to talk about Football with him. Like us, he is a Tampa Bay Buccaneer Fan, and we talked about our hopes for this coming season.

His barrel tile roof was filthy, but now it looks new! If you are in need of our service, or just want to get an idea of what it will cost to get your shingle or tile roof cleaned, contact us at 813-655-8777

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Pressure Washing And Roof Cleaning Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About
Pressure Washing and Roof Cleaning in the Tampa Florida area

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Why should I have the exterior of my residence or business cleaned?
Not only is it important to maintain a clean property for the aesthetic value and much-desired curb appeal, but also to provide lasting protection against building material degradation. When mold, mildew, algae and other environmental pollutants found here in the Tampa Florida area are allowed to remain on the exterior surfaces of a property, they can contribute to premature paint failure, and can also cause permanent staining on concrete, gutters, and pool decks.

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How long can I expect my property to stay clean?
Each and every property here in the Tampa Florida area is its own unique situation, but on average, most surfaces will stay clean for about one to 2 years. Some roof surfaces like shingles can stay clean for up to three years or longer, and less for barrel and flat tile roofs. There are many determining factors and environmental variables. Trees for instance, will create shaded and damp areas, creating an ideal environment for algae and mildew to develop and thrive in. Unusually dry or damp weather conditions can also have a direct effect on the length of time that a surface will stay clean. During periods of drought, all surfaces will stay clean longer, due to the reduction in moisture and humidity.

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What causes those Black Stains on my roof?
The black streaks and stains seen on many roofs here in Tampa are caused by an algae, technically known as gloeocapsa magma. Once present in an area, the algae can quickly spread by airborne spores being carried from rooftop to rooftop by the wind, birds and other small critters. All roof types, including asphalt and fiberglass shingle, cement, ceramic and clay tile as well as wood shake or metal are susceptible to algae infestation. Our heat and humidity greatly accelerate the formation and growth of these black roof stains.

Can a roof be cleaned with a pressure washer?
Honestly, yes, roofs can be pressure washed. Is it a good idea? Absolutely not! Highly pressurized water can temporarily remove the visible stains, but the toll it takes on the shingle and tile roofing material can be extremely costly. Not only does it not destroy all the algae spores, but it can remove granules from shingled roofs and cause color-fading on tile roofs. Since pressure washing spreads the still living algae spores all over, it is not unusual to have to have your home and driveway cleaned, after the roof  has been pressure washed!

The shingle roof in the picture below is located in Tampa Palms.  These folks got a roof cleaning letter from their homeowners association. They called us for an estimate, but decided to have their shingle roof pressure washed by some other company, because it was a little cheaper. Their roof is ruined, as you can see, this damage is permanent!

Roof After Pressure Washing

Replacing a roof here in Tampa is expensive, not to mention the stress and frustration of having to do so because of a prematurely failing roofing system, that’s been damaged by too much pressure.

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Water leaks can also be a major concern. Often these leaks go undetected for weeks or months, causing even more damage to the wooden trusses and rafters in the attic areas.The above-mentioned questions are but a few of the many routinely asked.

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Please feel free to contact us with any and all questions or concerns that you may have by calling us at 813.655.8777.

Non Pressure Roof Cleaning Tampa FL

Non Pressure Roof Cleaning is the safest and most effect way to win the battle in the Tampa Florida area, against those nasty mold and mildew stains growing on the top side of your roof shingles or tiles.

Roof stains not only look bad aesthetically, they also lessen the effectiveness of your shingles and tiles. These stains actually reduce the shingles ability to release the Central Florida heat, which then becomes trapped in your attic, increasing your air conditioning cost. After all, electricity bills from Tampa Electric Company are not cheap !

Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa 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.  All our men are highly trained roof cleaning professionals.

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

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

From start to finish the entire process will be handled in the highest professional manner. Your complete satisfaction is our guarantee.

Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa 813 655 8777 thanks you again for the opportunity to serve you, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Cleaning Gloeocapsa Magma off Tampa Florida Roofs

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Gloeocapsa magma is a species of cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria are an ancient line of photosynthesizing bacteria, which photolyze water generating oxygen gass. Ancient cyanobacteria were ancestral to the chloroplasts of all plants on earth. Gloeocapsa magma has gained notoriety in the Southeastern U.S. which is quickly spreading throughout the Midwest. This particular type of cyanobacteria is responsible for creating the unattractive black roof stains and/or streaks commonly noticed by many. The bacteria 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 main reasons for the rapid spread and noticeability of these cyanobacteria are thought to be:
1. Rising humidity and temperatures 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 bacteria have become noticeable, the stains will continue to worsen year to year. There is debate over the actual harmfulness of this particular bacteria to roofs, as there is little supportive scientific research. However, most “experts” within the subject area conclude the bacteria to be harmful, if left untreated, as the growth holds moisture within shingles causing premature aging, rotting, and/or granule loss
Gloeocapsa Magma is an airborne algae so it can land on any Tampa Florida area roof with no rhyme or reason, though it does seem to be more prominent in areas of Tampa, Florida holding a lot of trees. Once the roof algae Gloeocapsa Magma  lands on the roof, it will have to be killed and removed properly or it will continue to spread.
The Gloeocapsa Magma will never get better or just go away on its own. The Gloeocapsa Magma algae begins feeding on the nutrients in the shingles.
As it rains the Gloeocapsa Magma spreads down the roof causing black streaks. If not taken care of Gloeocapsa Magma will take over the entire roof in a few short years turning the whole roof black. Besides looking very unsightly and diminishing any home’s  curb appeal and value, what other damage can Gloeocapsa Magma  roof algae do?  When roof algae are not taken care of they stop the shingles from reflecting heat from the sun’s  UV rays. When this happens it can affect your Tampa home’s  heating and cooling costs without you even realizing it. Also because the shingles cannot reflect heat they start to diminish prematurely. Signs of wear are curled corners, wavy or humped shingles, broke or loose shingles, and an excess of shingle granules appearing in your gutters just to name a few. 
Most Tampa Florida homeowners associations become concerned when the first unsightly black streaks of Gloeocapsa Magma 1%20BIG 2%20big cleaning%20roof Roof Cleaning Roof Tampa Cleaning  begin to appear long before permanent damage is done. It’s  at this point that most homeowner associations will call a roofing contractor and in my opinion it’s  the point where homeowners associations are steered in the wrong direction.
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