Roof Cleaning Tampa Florida

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Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa FL
7401 Patrician Place
Tampa Florida 33619
813-655-8777

Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Florida 813 655 8777
Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa cleaning systems uses an proprietary roof cleaning chemical non pressure cleaning process that treats algae as a pest not as a stain. Our process only uses 45 PSI on any roof, this prevents loss of color and damage to barrel tile and shingle roofs.
Our 3-in-1 process cleans your roof, kills all existing algae, and leaves behind a unique Mildew inhibitor that prevents algae spores from re growing on your roof.

Our non pressure roof cleaning process differs from high pressure cleaning in a few ways. Pressure Washing uses approximately 3,000 Pounds of Pressure per Square inch (PSI) using approximately 7 gallons of water per minute.
Pressure Washing water cleaning is using pressurized water to displace the algae and dirt.
Apple Roof Cleaning’s low pressure system uses a 3 step roof cleaning method.
This unique, non pressure roof cleaning process will clean and treat your roof, and does not require the technician to walk over every inch of the roof, thus reducing the potential for broken tiles.
Our Award Winning Roof Cleaning process includes steps to protect all surrounding plants and vegetation. WE guarantee our work unconditionally for 1 year. The roof should look good for up to 2.5 years with a standard cleaning.
Our Roof Treatment Process can last as long as 6 years.
Apple Non Pressure Roof Cleaning Of Tampa, Florida has been in business for 16 years.
WE have 2 fully outfitted roof cleaning trucks. Apple Roof Cleaning uses an innovative chemical cleaning process that treats algae as a pest not as a stain. Their process only uses 45 PSI on any roof, this prevents loss of color and damage to barrel tile roofs.
Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa FL 3-in-1 process cleans your roof, kills all existing algae and leaves behind a residual-spore block inhibitor that allows returning algae spores to roll off your roof.
Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa FL specializes in roof cleaning but our process works just as well on any outdoor surface that requires cleaning.
Our process differs from high pressure cleaning in a few ways. High pressure uses approximately 3,000 Pounds of Pressure per Square inch (PSI) using approximately 7 gallons of water per minute.
High Pressure water cleaning is using pressurized water to displace the algae and dirt.
Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa FL low pressure system uses a two step method. The first step uses a chemical process that kills the algae. The second steps treats the surface with 45 PSI of water at 20 gallons per minute.
This process will clean and treat your shingle or tile roof, and does not require the technician to walk over every inch of the roof, thus reducing the potential for broken tiles.
Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa FL process includes steps to protect all surrounding plants and vegetation. WE guarantee our work UNCONDITIONALLY for 1 year. The roof should look good for up to 6 years.
Apple Roof Cleaning Of Tampa FL have been in business for 16 years and have 2 fully outfitted dedicated roof cleaning trucks serving the Tampa area.

Please call Apple Non Pressure Roof Cleaning Tampa Florida 813 655 877 for a free quotation or demonstration.

Roof Cleaning Tampa Florida Questions And Answers

7401 Patrician Place
Tampa, FL
33619
813-655-8777

You may have noticed the incredible outbreak of roof stains in your Tampa Florida area neighborhood.
You are not alone.
HOW CAN My Florida Roof CLEANED?

Typical Tampa Florida roof cleaning methods involve either pressure cleaning or chemicals solutions containing Chlorine Bleach or Sodium
Hydroxide. If used properly, these methods will clean the roof with minimal adverse impact – but the effects can be very
temporary and will generally have to be repeated every 6-18 months in order to maintain the appearance of the roof.
WHAT IS THE BEST Roof CLEANING METHOD?

Each method has its advantages and disadvantages.
A chlorine and water solution can be used followed by a thorough rinse. Of course, since chlorine can be toxic to people and
plants, proper care should be taken to protect employees and the surrounding property from overspray and runoff. The
benefits to using chlorine include a much faster cleaning process and minimal rinsing as compared to the other methods. This
translates into much less wear & tear on the roof – particularly asphalt shingle roofs.
Sodium hydroxide or LYE based cleaners are generally advertised as safer for the landscaping, but sodium hydroxide is caustic, very
toxic, and care should also be used to protect employees and surrounding property. Sodium hydroxide is also a very effective
degreaser. So high levels of sodium hydroxide in a cleaning product can cause damage to a Tampa Florida asphalt shingle roof that can
be irreversible. These products generally require much more rinsing pressure than the chlorine method. The pressure rinsing process is not only
time consuming, but it can also be potentially damaging to the roof if not done correctly. A quality sodium hydroxide based
product should not require any more than 100 psi to effectively rinse an asphalt shingle roof and even then some granule loss
should be expected.
Pressure cleaning is an option that should only be used on a concrete, barrel tile, or metal roofs. Pressure cleaning has the
advantage of not requiring chemicals, which eliminates some of the cost – in addition to landscaping and chemical exposure
concerns. The down side to pressure cleaning is that it is very time consuming and it exerts tremendous force on a roof surface
that is not really designed to handle it. In addition, repeated pressure cleaning can wear away the surface of some tiles that
are only covered by a thin layer of coloring. When this happens, the grey concrete color starts to show through and the roof
must be stained or painted.
Plus, Pressure Washing does not KILL the Algae Roots/Spores!

And, it  can enlarge the pores the the roof tiles,, making them retains more water, and get moldy faster

 

 

 

 

 

Black Roof stains
are sweeping Florida from coast to coast, especially in the humid Tampa Florida area. Until recently, most of us thought the Black Roof Stains
were just ugly. Ugly yes, but there’s more to the story!

Fact – Up to 90% of the homes and businesses in Tampa Florida will develop some type of problem caused by ugly roof stains. The
reason? Shingle composition

 formulas have changed dramatically over the years. As a result, your Tampa area roof will show signs of
streaks and stains very quickly. Shingle manufactures didn’t intend for this to happen. Few saw it coming until it was too late.   

Recent studies prove that shingles, wood shakes, even barrel tile can be damaged from roof stains. Until now, this wasn’t
fully understood. Replacing the roof will not solve the problem. The stains come back again very quickly. New shingles take
far less time to become streaked!

Until the formula for shingles changes, Florida roof stains are here to stay. To combat this problem most manufacturers now
make stain resistant shingles. These products are expected to look good for up to 10 years. You should read the fine print
carefully before installing them. *In some cases, these new resistant shingles can damage your gutters, down spouts, valley
flashings, etc. Here’s why: They contain large amounts of copper. Copper leaches from the shingles, collects in gutters, and
corrosion results. This phenomenon is called electrolysis. Fact: 98% of Tampa Florida homes have gutters made from zinc,
aluminum or tin. These metals are incompatible with copper. Unfortunately, corrosion damage is not covered in the shingle
warranty. Ask the manufacturer for more information.  

The recent Tampa Florida housing boom will add a blizzard of complaints for shingle makers, and unfairly the Tampa Roofing Contractors who install shingles for
a living. Fortunately, the cure for Florida roof staining is affordable, and if caught in time it’s very easy to treat. We would not dream of
replacing vinyl siding, decks, carpet, concrete or fencing just because it got dirty. We clean these surfaces regularly. Now,
any roof can be safely cleaned and protected using Apple
Non Pressure Roof Cleaning Tampa Florida

 


THESE METHODS ARE NOT A LONG-TERM Roof Cleaning  SOLUTION.
While SOME of these methods are relatively safe and effective when done properly, repeated use will lead to premature aging of the
roof. The natural erosion that occurs over time from the basic forces of Florida’s heat,  wind, and rain alone are enough to weaken
most roofs to the point where annual inspections and minor repairs are necessary to prevent significant repair costs. But
when the roof is repeatedly subjected to high pressures or harsh chemicals, the aging of the roof structure is significantly
accelerated. With repeated cleaning, tiles are more likely to shift, slip, or break and asphalt shingles are more likely to
become brittle and crack. When this happens, there is a greater likelihood of tearing the roof membrane simply by walking on
the roof. Once gaps are created in the roof and subsequent pressure cleaning or chemical cleaning takes place, these gaps
provide the water or caustic solutions a path to the roof membrane and increase the chance of costly roof leaks.
WHAT IS THE ROOF CLEANING ALTERNATIVE?

A proper program of preventative maintenance will eliminate the need for future roof cleaning and the potential for damage that
comes along with it. Preventing the recurrence of the algae growth will require a light spray of chlorine and water or an algae
prevention product.
Most quality algaecides will last for approximately 6-12 months in the Tampa Florida area before reapplication of the product is necessary. Obviously,
the longer the time frame, the better your chances are of minimizing any unnecessary damage to the roof. Prevention
programs should be done in conjunction with neighbors whenever possible and many can be applied without a need for
walking on the roof.
One important note about algaecides: Algaecide products are regulated at both the state and federal level. Any algaecide
product used on a roof requires EPA registration as a pesticide or biocide and approval for use on a roof. Contractors found
violating the law in this regard could find themselves facing fines up to $10,000. per occurrence.

  

 

 

 

Why does my Tampa Florida roof look so bad?

 

 

 

Pollution, trees, and jet exhaust are the first thing many Tampa customers think of when they see staining on their roof. They are often
surprised to learn that the problem is almost always a growth, such as algae, mold and fungi, which feed on the minerals
within the asphalt of their shingles.
Shingles today are made differently than the shingles of just 15-20 years ago. Shingles in the past were made up of a thick
cellulose (paper) mat, saturated with asphalt, and topped with granular. Most shingles had an expected life span of 20 years.
Growth didn’t occur on these shingles until the latter part of their life span because the oils would continually leach to the
surface, preventing growth. In the final years, the oils would become mostly dried and dissipated, and growth would begin. It
was often in the form of deep rooted systems, such as those in the family of fungi commonly referred to as moss.
Most shingles today are made with a thinner layer of asphalt, separated in the center, by a dense layer of fiberglass. Oils do
not pass through the layer of fiberglass. This is good for the bottom layer of asphalt. It protects this layer from degrading, and
helps shingles last longer. However, the top layer of asphalt is very thin, and does not benefit from leaching of oils from the
bottom layer. In a short span of time, this top layer loses its oils though weathering and evaporation, leaving the remaining
organic matter vulnerable to all sorts of growth. The dense layer of fiberglass prevents most deep rooted growths, so most
are single cellular in nature, thus creating the look of a stain.

  

 

 

 

Will this problem damage my shingles?

 

 

 

Yes. The type of growth you have determines the amount of damage. The least damaging are the algae and molds. These
growths hold moisture, which very slowly causes premature degrading. The worst growth we encounter is lichen. We find it
growing on roughly 30% of the roofs we clean in Tampa. Lichen is such a hardy feeder, it creates enough damage to the roof, in as little
as 3 years, so as to cause the shingle roofing granules to fall off.
Tampa Roof Cleaning Customers often forget the visual damage growth causes to their Florida roof. Most roofs in Tampa are replaced today due to the way they
look. We are finding many people are replacing their 25 year roofs in as little as 10 years because they look so bad. Often a
roof cleaning is all they need.
  

  

 

 

 

What about Algae and fungi resistant shingles?

 

 

 

Shingle manufactures have recently begun marketing shingles as algae and fungi resistant. They achieve this by baking a
micro thin layer of copper sulfate on the outside of roof granular. Every time it rains, the copper releases ions, which tend to
kill growth spores. However, such manufactures warranty the effects for only 10 years; where as the shingles are warranted
for 25-50 years. As the copper sulfate becomes weathered away, the shingles begin to develop growth. Eventually, even
these shingles will need to be cleaned because of the humid Tampa Florida climate.
  

  

 

 

 

Why do most Florida roofs have growth on the North side?

 

 

 

Ultra violet rays of the Florida sun kill most growth spores from algae, mold, and fungi. They also rapidly dry the surface after a rain,
making it impossible for them to feed.
  

 

  

 

 

 

What can be done to prevent Mold growth after a roof is cleaned?

 

 

 

In the past, copper and zinc strips, installed on top of the shingles along the ridge, were the only long term preventative
available in Tampa. Not only did these methods not work well in our humid Florida Climate, but they also had a very short effective period; especially in the case of
zinc.
There are now Patented Biocide and Biostat products which come in liquid form that can be applied to the roof shingles to prevent re-growth. Keep in mind,
these products will not clean an already infected roof. They will simply help prevent re-growth. As with the copper and zinc,
these products need to be reapplied about once every 4-5 years.
 
 
 

 

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Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Florida
7401 Patrician Pl
Tampa, Florida 33619
813 655 8777

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Tampa Florida Roof Cleaning Questions

7401 Patrician Place
Tampa, FL
33619
813-655-8777

Here is some Tampa Roof Cleaning Information from our friends at Midwest Pro Wash!

There is certainly a lot of misconception involved with the topic of Roof Cleaning in Tampa. Can you clean an asphalt shingle roof in Tampa ? Can you clean a tile roof in Tampa without harming the shingles? What are the black streaks on my Tampa roof? What will happen if I don’t get the roof cleaned? These are just a few of the questions this article will answer. Knowing this information can save you costly future roof replacements and added heating and cooling costs. In many regions across the country roof algae (Gloeocapsa Magma) is a growing problem. The algae thrives in warm humid climates like ours in Tampa Florida, 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 the algae only needs one more element to survive and that ‘s  food. 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 too 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 Florida 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 algae begins feeding on the nutrients in the shingles, as 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. Besides looking very unsightly and diminishing any home ‘s  curb appeal and value, what other damage can 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 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.
It has been my experience from talking with many troubled home owners that most and I express the word “most” roofing contractors are not going to tell the home owner that their roof only needs to be cleaned. Think about that for a moment, why would they? I have had many customers tell me that a roofing contractor told them that the black streaks were water marks or a sign of wear in either case a roof replacement was recommended.
Another scenario is that some roofing contractors have no idea themselves what roof algae is and that it can be cleaned. Some will also combat losing a potential roof replacement job by telling the home owner that you can’t clean shingles without damaging them, which is completely untrue. None the less many home owners are suckered into a costly, premature roof replacement of a roof that only needed cleaned. If you think about it, it is no different than replacing your vinyl siding because it has mold or mildew on it, no one would think of doing that.
The good news is that shingles can be cleaned properly without harming the shingles, and the major shingle manufacturers say so themselves. They even have suggestions and guidelines for cleaning roof algae off of asphalt shingles without harming them. The proper methods include a low pressure chemical application followed by a light rinsing. NOTE: never use or allow a pressure washer to be used on your roof. Inexperienced home owners and unethical contractors have damaged shingles by attempting to blast the algae off the shingles using high water pressure. Doing this blows the shingle granules off which are there to protect the shingles, thus lessening the longevity of the roof. In the past some have tried zinc strips on the peak of the roof which are suppose to release chemicals down the roof when it rains to help combat roof algae. Most have reported poor results with the strips. Recently shingle manufacturers have produced algae resistant shingles but there have been plenty of cases of roof algae still invading such shingles. This is why they can only call them “algae resistant” and not algae proof.
If you are battling with roof algae or know of someone else whom is don’t lose hope and don’t replace that roof prematurely. First call a professional Tampa Florida Roof Cleaning company in your area so they can access the situation for you. Be sure that they use the chemicals and the low pressure methods that are recommended by the major shingle manufacturers. A proper roof cleaning can definitely save you money.
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This article was written by our friend Barry Maddox at Midwest Pro Wash.
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Tampa Florida Roof Cleaning Questions

There is certainly a lot of misconception involved with the topic of roof cleaning in Tampa. Can you clean an asphalt shingle roof? Can you clean a Tampa, Florida roof without harming the shingles? What are the black streaks on my Florida roof? What will happen if I don’t get the roof cleaned? These are just a few of the questions this article will answer. Knowing this information can save you costly future roof replacements and added heating and cooling costs.

In Tampa, roof algae (Gloeocapsa Magma) is a growing problem. The algae thrives in warm humid climates here in Tampa, usually first appearing on the north facing slopes of your Florida roof, where the right amount of shade and moisture are common. With the proper atmosphere the algae only needs one more element to survive and that ‘s food.

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 Tampa 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 algae begins feeding on the nutrients in the shingles, as 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.

Besides looking very unsightly and diminishing any homes curb appeal and value, what other damage can roof algae do? When roof algae are not taken care of they stop the shingles from reflecting heat from the suns UV rays. When this happens it can affect your 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 home owners become concerned when the first unsightly black streaks begin to appear long before permanent damage is done. It ‘s at this point that most home owners will call a roofing contractor and in my opinion it ‘s the point where home owners are steered in the wrong direction.

It has been my experience from talking with many troubled home owners that most and I express the word “most” roofing contractors are not going to tell the home owner that their roof only needs to be cleaned. Think about that for a moment, why would they? I have had many customers tell me that a roofing contractor told them that the black streaks were water marks or a sign of wear in either case a roof replacement was recommended.

Another scenario is that some roofing contractors have no idea themselves what roof algae is and that it can be cleaned. Some will also combat losing a potential roof replacement job by telling the home owner that you can’t clean shingles without damaging them, which is completely untrue. None the less many home owners are suckered into a costly, premature roof replacement of a roof that only needed cleaned. If you think about it, it is no different than replacing your vinyl siding because it has mold or mildew on it, no one would think of doing that.

The good news is that shingles can be cleaned properly without harming the shingles, and the major shingle manufacturers say so themselves. They even have suggestions and guidelines for cleaning roof algaee off of asphalt shingles without harming them. The proper methods include a low pressure chemical application followed by a light rinsing. NOTE: never use or allow a pressure washer to be used on your roof.

Inexperienced home owners and unethical contractors have damaged shingles by attempting to blast the algaee off the shingles using high water pressure. Doing this blows the shingle granules off which are there to protect the shingles, thus lessening the longevity of the roof.

In the past some have tried zinc strips on the peak of the roof which are suppose to release chemicals down the roof when it rains to help combat roof algaee. Most have reported poor results with the strips. Recently shingle manufacturers have produced algaee resistant shingles but there have been plenty of cases of roof algaee still invading such shingles. This is why they can only call them “algaee resistant” and not algaee proof.

If you are battling with Florida roof algaee or know of someone else whom is don’t lose hope and don’t replace that shingle or tile roof prematurely. First call a professional Florida roof cleaning company in your area so they can access the situation for you. Be sure that they use the chemicals and the non pressure methods that are recommended by the major shingle manufacturers. A proper non pressure roof cleaning can definitely save you money.

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Tampa Florida Roof Cleaning Questions

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There is certainly a lot of misconception involved with the topic of roof cleaning in Tampa. Can you clean an asphalt shingle roof? Can you clean a Tampa, Florida roof without harming the shingles? What are the black streaks on my Florida roof? What will happen if I don’t get the roof cleaned? These are just a few of the questions this article will answer. Knowing this information can save you costly future roof replacements and added heating and cooling costs.

In Tampa, roof algae (Gloeocapsa Magma) is a growing problem. The algae thrives in warm humid climates here in Tampa, usually first appearing on the north facing slopes of your Florida roof, where the right amount of shade and moisture are common. With the proper atmosphere the algae only needs one more element to survive and that ‘s food.

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 Tampa 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 algae begins feeding on the nutrients in the shingles, as 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.

Besides looking very unsightly and diminishing any homes curb appeal and value, what other damage can roof algae do? When roof algae are not taken care of they stop the shingles from reflecting heat from the suns UV rays. When this happens it can affect your 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 home owners become concerned when the first unsightly black streaks begin to appear long before permanent damage is done. It ‘s at this point that most home owners will call a roofing contractor and in my opinion it ‘s the point where home owners are steered in the wrong direction.

It has been my experience from talking with many troubled home owners that most and I express the word “most” roofing contractors are not going to tell the home owner that their roof only needs to be cleaned. Think about that for a moment, why would they? I have had many customers tell me that a roofing contractor told them that the black streaks were water marks or a sign of wear in either case a roof replacement was recommended.

Another scenario is that some roofing contractors have no idea themselves what roof algae is and that it can be cleaned. Some will also combat losing a potential roof replacement job by telling the home owner that you can’t clean shingles without damaging them, which is completely untrue. None the less many home owners are suckered into a costly, premature roof replacement of a roof that only needed cleaned. If you think about it, it is no different than replacing your vinyl siding because it has mold or mildew on it, no one would think of doing that.

The good news is that shingles can be cleaned properly without harming the shingles, and the major shingle manufacturers say so themselves. They even have suggestions and guidelines for cleaning roof algaee off of asphalt shingles without harming them. The proper methods include a low pressure chemical application followed by a light rinsing. NOTE: never use or allow a pressure washer to be used on your roof.

Inexperienced home owners and unethical contractors have damaged shingles by attempting to blast the algaee off the shingles using high water pressure. Doing this blows the shingle granules off which are there to protect the shingles, thus lessening the longevity of the roof.

In the past some have tried zinc strips on the peak of the roof which are suppose to release chemicals down the roof when it rains to help combat roof algaee. Most have reported poor results with the strips. Recently shingle manufacturers have produced algaee resistant shingles but there have been plenty of cases of roof algaee still invading such shingles. This is why they can only call them “algaee resistant” and not algaee proof.

If you are battling with Florida roof algaee or know of someone else whom is don’t lose hope and don’t replace that shingle or tile roof prematurely. First call a professional Florida roof cleaning company in your area so they can access the situation for you. Be sure that they use the chemicals and the non pressure methods that are recommended by the major shingle manufacturers. A proper non pressure roof cleaning can definitely save you money.

About the Author

Learn more about roof cleaning and proper roof maintenance at Midwest Pro Wash or contact Shane Hester at WebFirstCreations to get your own construction website .

Article Source: Content for Reprint