On roofs afflicted with algae, cleaning is a good idea

This is a good article from the Pittsburgh Gazette about Roof Cleaning

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This As if homeowners don’t have enough chores to keep them busy, many shingle manufacturers now recommend periodic cleaning of the roof surface.
You heard right. Many roofs need to be washed to keep them in good shape.
The black streaks seen on many roofs are algae growth which, left unchecked, can shorten the life expectancy of the roof by feeding on the limestone filler used in some newer shingles, according to GAF Materials Corp. of Wayne, N.J., a manufacturer of roofing products since 1886. Proper cleaning can kill the algae.
Frank Shuster of South Park, Pa., noticed the stains on his roof several seasons ago. After replacing the original roof, which Shuster says never had an algae problem, he noticed the unsightly streaking on his new roof about three years after it was installed.
“It was downright ugly,” he says.
He climbed up on the roof with a jug of chlorine bleach to see if it would alleviate the problem. It did, but he says the idea of cleaning the entire roof with bleach did not appeal to him, so he called several roofing contractors about the problem to no avail.
After seeing a flier distributed by Pittsburgh Roof Cleaners, he made arrangements with the company to have his roof cleaned. According to company owner Michael Inks, this type of service is relatively new to Pittsburgh but is quite common in the hot, humid Southern states, where algae can be an extreme problem.
Afflicted roofs have dark streaks that are usually most prominent on the lower section of the roof and taper off as they reach the ridge. The discoloration is caused by the algae’s protective sheath, which turns dark to protect the organism from ultraviolet rays.
Inks first heard about roof cleaning from a man in West Virginia.
“I went to visit the guy and he took me out to a couple of jobs and showed me how it works,” he says.
While algae issues are more serious in the humid South, other parts of the country can have problems too, especially on northern exposures, which receive less sunlight.
Inks’ process, which uses a proprietary solution that includes bleach, can be performed on most roofs in about two hours. Cost starts at $395.
Shuster, whose bill was $525, asked if the cleaning solution would damage his landscaping.
“I was really concerned about overspray and the wind blowing some of these chemicals on my shrubs,” he says. “But they covered the shrubbery and also hosed it down with water during the procedure.
“The vast majority of what they applied went into the rain gutters.”
The need for roof cleaning depends on the severity of environmental contaminants, the frequency of rainfall, the propensity for dirt and dust accumulation, the roof slope and draining characteristics.
There are cleaning recipes available for the do-it-yourselfer, but GAF recommends that the job be left to professionals.
Inks’ company provides a two-year warranty against the return of streaks and offers extended maintenance contracts. It also can clean slate and tile roofs.
If you are thinking of putting on a new roof, you can try to eliminate the need for this chore by requesting that your contractor install algae-resistant shingles.
Susan Banks can be reached a sbanks(at)post-gazette.com. For more stories visit scrippsnews.com
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Soft Roof Cleaning Tampa Florida

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Roof before soft roof cleaning
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Roof after soft roof cleaning

This customer had a roof that was ruined once by pressure washing, and was selling his home. He called to ask if we did Soft Roof Cleaning.  I jokingly told him we try not to clean any soft roofs. He laughed too, and explained he had a home up in North Tampa that his realtor told him to get the shingle roof cleaned on, and he did not want any pressure washing. I explained to him his realtor would never send him to any people who would ruin his roof.

Though the shingles were over 10 years old, you can see the results our soft roof cleaning made.


Non Pressure Tile Roof Cleaning Tampa

Here is a Barrel Tile Roof in Tampa that we cleaned and treated yesterday 6 – 6 – 2017. We cleaned this roof over 4 years ago, and it really was not all that dirty. But our customers have a very very fussy homeowners association, and received a “clean your roof or else” letter.  So, we were called to clean the it again, basically to make the HOA happy.  Because their barrel tile roof was not entirely dirty, we charged this customer accordingly.

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Dirty Barrel Tile Roof
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Non Pressure Cleaned Barrel Tile Roof

These customers are awesome people, and fellow hockey fans, who own seasons tickets to the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was a pleasure to clean their barrel tile roof again, and have the chance to talk about sports with our customer.

Tile Roof Cleaning Technology has advanced in the 4 years since we last did this job, and since we are nationally known teachers of our trade, we have to stay up on the latest methods and chemicals.  The non pressure roof treatment chemicals we use today are far superior to what was available to us 4 years ago.


Tile Roof Cleaning Explosion Tampa Florida

It seems like everyone is offering tile roof cleaning in Tampa these days. We have painters, handymen, and yard guys cleaning roofs. Before you even consider hiring one of these jack of all trades, masters of none, see what happened to these people in the Hunters Green community in New Tampa, who hired the wrong tile roof cleaning company.

Worker severely burned in chemical explosion

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 17, 2004

clay-tile-roof-repair-tampa floridaTAMPA – A container with an acid residue exploded Friday morning in New Tampa, severely burning a 36-year-old man.

Investigators say Kenneth Toledo, a Tampa man who owns a pressure washing business, poured chlorine and water into the container, which had previously been used to apply an acid wash. The container had not been properly rinsed, and the resulting chemical reaction caused the explosion, officials said.

The container exploded as Toledo scaled a ladder to clean the roof of a Hunter’s Green home in the 17800 block of Osprey Point Place, pelting Toledo with chemicals and shrapnel. He was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital. His condition was unknown Friday.

The explosion also blew a 2-foot-wide hole in the roof. Tile was scattered about the driveway.

Here is another example of roof cleaning incompetence, here in the Tampa Florida area. This customer allowed some local roof cleaning company to pressure wash his roof, and here are the results.

The picture on the right shows the roof before it was pressure washed, and the picture on the left shows the permanent damage caused by the so called Tampa Roof Cleaning Company.

Some shingle and tile roofs are ruined by sheer incompetence, by non trained people out to make a fast buck, and others are ruined by people who just don’t care if they ruin your roof, or not.  Proper roof  cleaning chemicals are expensive, and require an extra person to protect the plants, as the roof is being cleaned.  Some roof cleaners in Tampa skip the expensive chemicals, and use high pressure instead, and since they are not using any chemicals, have no need to hire another helper to protect your plants. Often, the damage to your roof takes awhile to show up, and it will be far too late to stop payment.

Apple Roof Cleaning has been cleaning roofs here in the Tampa area over 25 years. We have safely cleaned over 30,000 roofs. We are the Chamber Of Commerce small business of the year winners for 2002. We did not win this award by ripping people off, or damaging our customers roofs cleaning roof-001

In fact, we are so good at what we do, we teach others the proper ways to clean shingle, tile, and metal roofs.

This certificate is your assurance of roof cleaning competence.

Here are just a few examples of some of our past tile roof cleaning work we have done. All of these homes were in a 75 mile radius of Tampa Florida.


We would like to be your roof cleaning company, so if you need our roof cleaning service, simply call us at 813 655 8777 for a free, no obligation estimate.

A Clean Shingle Roof Lasts Longer !

Will cleaning my shingle roof save me money?
Yes, the algae can cause premature roof granule loss, and shorten roof shingle life. 

As your roof is turned black by the algae , it becomes less reflective, and it retains heat. It is quite hot here in the Tampa Florida area, and now your air conditioner works harder to overcome the increased heat load, costing money in electric bills and increased load on your air conditioning equipment.
Our Manufacturer approved, no pressure washing, non pressure, chemical roof cleaning methods, are safe for your roof shingles and roof tiles, and long lasting. Unlike high pressure washing, our no pressure roof cleaning system actually removes and kills, algae, mold, mildew, fungus that causes your roof discoloration.

We clean asphalt shingle and tile roofs in the greater Tampa, Florida area. You might pay more, but you will not get better non-pressure shingle roof cleaning.


Shingle Roof Cleaning Tampa Florida

The black roof discoloration on your roof isn’t dirt at all. It is what is commonly called a Fungus.
This fungus arrives and collects on roofs here in Tampa Florida, and other exterior surfaces, from airborne spores. Once attached to a shingle or tile roof, the fungus begins to feed on the dead organic matter in and on asphalt and tile roofs. And it feeds on the limestone filler used in the manufacturing process of your roof shingles.
The ceramic roof granules are loosened and begin to fall off as the fungus begins to expand and contract, to break down the asphalt. The ceramic granules protect the roofing material from UV degradation, and once the ceramic roof granules are removed, the roof will begin to deteriorate prematurely. Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa safely removes this deteriorating fungus, and makes an old roof look “new” again.

Non Pressure Roof Cleaning Tampa Florida

RCIA-logoOur Unique Non Pressure cleaning process is not only used on shingle and tile roofs, but also on most exterior surfaces.

Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa can safely handle all your exterior cleaning needs.

We absolutely use NO high-pressure washing to clean any surface.

In the past, some people here in Tampa used a  pressure washer to clean up their mold  and mildew problem. Pressure cleaning does not solve your problem

it only makes it worse.


Pressure washing is just like trimming your shrubs, when it grows back, it is heavier and thicker, the reason is that pressure cleaning leaves the fungus root and does not kill it. 

We have a safe chemical roof and exterior cleaning and treatment that completely eradicates the mold, mildew spore and root. It is applied by 45 PSI precision pneumatic  pump system, and we use no more water pressure than what comes out of your garden hose, just to rinse the non pressure cleaning chemicals off.

Basically, the chemical does the job for us.

Not only does our chemical cleaning process outlast conventional pressure washing.

 The algaecide chemical treatment will do a better job than

a pressure washer guaranteed.


Give us a call at area code 813-655-8777 and let us give you a free roof cleaning estimate today.

Tampa’s Best Tile And Shingle Roof Cleaners

Learn About Our Roof and Exterior Cleaning Process

Apple Roof Cleaning  has been in business here in the Tampa Florida area over 20 years. We won the Chamber Of Commerce Business Of The Year award in 2002. We have safely cleaned over 20.000 shingle, tile, and metal roofs.

Our Unique cleaning process is not only used on roofs, but also for

all exterior cleaning needs.

We absolutely use NO high-pressure washing to clean any surface.

In the past, people here in Tampa Florida used  pressure washers to clean up their mold  and mildew problem. Pressure Washing does not solve your problem.

it only makes it worse.


Pressure washing a tile or shingle roof in Tampa is just like trimming your shrubs, when the algae grows back, it is heavier and thicker, the reason is that pressure washing leaves the fungus root and does not kill it.

We have a safe chemical cleaning and treatment process that completely eradicates the mold, mildew spore and root. It is applied by 45 PSI air powered pump system, and we use no more water pressure than what comes out of your garden hose just to rinse it off.

Basically, the cleaning chemical does the job for us.

Not only will our chemical cleaning process outlast conventional pressure cleaning.

Our  chemical cleaning and treatment will do a better job than

a pressure washer guaranteed.


Give us a call today at 813 655 8777 and let us give you a free estimate by telephone today.

Some Tile Roofs Cleaned In Tampa 5-17-2015

Here are a couple of tile roofs we just did in the Tampa Florida area, this week 5-17-2005

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

As you can see by these tile roof cleaning pictures, we are perfectionists. Our trained roof cleaners take their time cleaning your roof, and we always protect your plants and property by water before, during, and after the job is finished. We also ask that you are sure to water the yard that is in the drip line of the house the day before we actually perform your tile roof cleaning, to be sure there are no thirsty plants, that might drink up the cleaning chemicals we use from the ground. It is real simple, plants that are well watered will not try to take water (or cleaning chemicals) from the ground.  This way, our men can concentrate on watering off the tile roof cleaning chemicals, as soon as they get on any plants or landscaping.

If you live in or near the Tampa Florida area, and want a free no obligation estimate, call us at 813 655 8777, and we will answer any and all of your tile roof cleaning questions.

Cleaning A Barrel Tile Roof In New Tampa Florida

Here is a barrel tile roof we just cleaned today 2-04-2015 up in New Tampa. This home was in the Pebble Creek Subdivision. This home has what we call Cement Barrel Tiles, and as you can see, they were filthy from all the Black Algae on them. Our Non Pressure Chemical Cleaning Process always looks it’s best a week or so after the cleaning. It takes a week or so for our process to work it’s magic, and whiten these tiles up fully.
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These before and after  the barrel tile roof cleaning pictures were all taken as soon as we finished this job. We are far too busy to wait a week, then drive back up to Pebble Creek in New Tampa, to take an additional picture.

LOL, it almost seems as if we Live up in New Tampa, since we do so much work, up in the Bruce B Downs Corridor. Not a week goes by that will not find us somewhere in your neighborhood, doing what we have been doing for over 20 years.

If you have a Barrel Tile Roof in New Tampa that needs cleaning, call us at 813-655-8777 for a free estimate. You will be glad you did !