Roof-A-Cide®: Roof Cleaning & Maintenance Information for Community Board Members & Managers

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Professional Roof Cleaning for Communities

Protect Your Property by learning about your choices in different cleaning methods.

Most Roof Cleaning contractors here in Florida are using high-strength Chlorine Bleach (Pool Chlorine) because it is cheap, fast, and easy – but there are much safer and more effective ways to maintain your roof. 

Extremely High-Strength Chlorine Bleach solutions usually will not do noticeable damage to actual asphalt roof shingles or concrete roof tiles, but they will do irreversible damage to almost everything else that comprises a roof system – fixtures, flashings, fasteners, gutters, and most importantly the underlayment that covers the roof and serves as the actual waterproofing. This damage usually goes unnoticed for years before the problem is discovered.

This is why you do not see reputable Roofing Professionals using or advocating this dangerous method – but you will find them using other methods that are safer for the roof, safer for the environment, and APPROVED by Roofing Manufacturers.
  • FACT: Both Bleach and TSP will corrode metal (even in weak concentrations) and High-Strength Chlorine Bleach (Pool Chlorine) will accelerate the damage – especially when the roof is not rinsed properly.
  • FACT: Not One Roofing Manufacturer in the US recommends the High-Strength Chlorine Bleach solutions that are being used all over Florida and increasingly throughout the US.
  • FACT: Roofing Manufacturers have approved safer alternatives to Chlorine Bleach for cleaning roofs.
Protect yourself and your property by learning why knowledgeable Roofing Professionals, Property Maintenance Professionals, and Community Management Professionals choose Roof-A-Cide to eliminate the need for Roof Cleaning.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Applicator Spotlight - Tadlock Roofing, Tallahassee, Fl


Tadlock Roofing has been providing quality Residential and Commercial Roofing Installation and Maintenance service to the North Florida area for over 30 years. All of their work is personally guaranteed – in addition to offering the very best manufacturer certified warranties with up to 50 Year Non-Prorated System Coverage.

Tadlock Roofing is one of the few Full-Service Roofing Companies in Northern Florida with the commitment, training, and resources to address their customers’ EVERY question, concern, or need regarding their roof.

  Tadlock Roofing is a proud Member of the National Roofing Contractors Association, the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Association, Capital City Roofing and Sheet Metal Association, Tallahassee Builders Association, Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, and the Better Business Bureau. They currently serve the roofing and solar needs of Tallahassee, Panama City, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, and the surrounding communities in North Florida.

Customers in the Northern Florida area can reach
Tadlock Roofing at 850-877-5516.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Learn How Roof-A-Cide Can Help Your Community

Would you like to keep Your Community’s Roofs Clean without the need for Chlorine Bleach or Pressure Cleaning?

Would you like a Safer and More Effective alternative that is proven in Communities Like Yours?

Learn why knowledgeable Roofing Professionals, Community Management Professionals, and Property Maintenance Professionals choose Roof-A-Cide and how Your Community can benefit.

Roof-A-Cide is the ONLY EPA Approved solution specifically designed for Roofs and Approved by the largest Roofing Manufacturers in the US.

Roof-A-Cide is Win-Win for Your Community!

Call 800-806-6727 ext 8 for a
FREE, No-Obligation Proposal for Your Community.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Roof-A-Cide Applicator Spotlight

Coastal Painting and Waterproofing 
A Division of Condo Services
Authorized Roof-A-Cide Applicators
800/320-8083
Coastal Painting and Waterproofing is South Florida’s Leading Repainting Company, serving upscale communities since 1989 – specializing in Repainting, Roof Cleaning and Roof-A-Cide Treatments for Condominium Associations, Homeowner Associations, and Country Club Communities.

 Owner Operated, Coastal Painting and Waterproofing employs 18 crews of highly-skilled, professionals. Each project is carefully supervised and inspected during every phase of work to ensure strict adherence to the highest standards of Professionalism and Quality.
Serving all of Southeast and Southwest Florida, Coastal Painting and Waterproofing offers Unmatched Quality and Service to meet the needs and expectations of Your Community  —GUARANTEED!

Professional Services Include:
  • Repainting
  • Paint Selection
  • Waterproofing
  • Pressure Cleaning
  • Roof Cleaning
  • Roof-A-Cide® Treatment Programs

Satisfied Communities Include:
  • Bellagio Homeowners Association, Lake Worth
  • Regency at Coral Lakes, Boynton Beach
  • Whitehall Condominiums, West Palm Beach
  • Classic at Bear Lakes, West Palm Beach
  • Beachwalk, Naples
  • Waters Edge at Lake Charleston, Boynton Beach
  • Portofino at the Polo Club, Boca Raton
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Learn how Coastal Painting and Waterproofing can Help Your Community AND Save You Money with Roof-A-Cide!

Call 800/320-8083

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Roof Cleaning for Community Managers, Condo Association Managers, and Board Members

In Florida, Roof Cleaning is as much a part of overall Property Maintenance as regularly scheduled Painting, Air Conditioning Servicing, Pool Servicing, etc. And in the last few years, Roof Cleaning has become more common in other areas of the US. Learning about different methods of Roof Cleaning and Maintenance can help you make the right choice for your Your Community, reduce your expenses, and help to maximize the service life of your Roofs.

Experienced Community and Condominium Association Managers, familiar with the effects of repeated Roof Cleaning, know that using high pressure or harsh chemicals can greatly accelerate the aging of a roof and many just accept it as “the cost” of keeping roofs clean – but there are effective ways to avoid this.

   Background
Proper maintenance is obviously important to a community’s image, protection of property values, and Homeowner enjoyment of the community. It is also essential for controlling both short and long-term costs. Community and Condominium Association Managers and Board Members taking on the responsibility of evaluating and planning the long-term direction and finances of a community should always be aware of what the long-term effects of maintenance, or lack of it, will be on the long-term direction and costs to the community.

Roofs are a prime example. If properly installed and maintained, a quality roof should last 25-30 years – and in some cases, up to 50 years. Unfortunately, many roofs here in Florida are in need of major repair or replacement after ONLY 15 years – or roughly 50% of their expected useful life!

Why? This usually happens when there is no plan of regularly scheduled inspection and maintenance to find and fix small problems before they become much bigger problems. Another reason is repeated cleaning using high pressure and/or harsh chemicals. While effective if done correctly, repeated use of these methods will damage the roof surface and, more importantly, the underlying weatherproofing.

While the reasons for cleaning are important: aesthetics, property values, energy efficiency, and increased longevity of the roof – not much is gained if the roofs are being damaged during the cleaning process.  But whatever the reason is for cleaning, if you’re going to have it done, it is in your best interest to know what choices are available and how these will affect the roofs in order to make the best choice as to how to approach it properly.

The Problem
The black streaking found on most roofs is a type of algae. During the last 20 years, this algae has become hardier and has migrated to less humid environments than it has in the past. And in areas like Florida where it traditionally has been found, the staining is showing up earlier, is more severe and settles on a greater number of roofs. This is a “growing” problem throughout the United States.

How can it be cleaned?

Typical roof cleaning methods in Florida involve Pressure Cleaning or Chemical Cleaning with either Chlorine Bleach or newer, more environmentally friendly cleaners. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages.

Chlorine Bleach: A light chlorine bleach and water solution can be used followed by a thorough rinse. Of course, since chlorine bleach can be toxic, proper care should be taken to protect the surrounding property from overspray and runoff. The advantages in using chlorine include a fast cleaning process and minimal rinsing as compared to other methods. This translates into much less wear & tear on the roof - particularly asphalt shingle roofs. The disadvantages include the fact that Chlorine Bleach is corrosive and can damage the metal fasteners, flashings, and fixtures on the roof as well as the underlying waterproofing membrane. This damage can go unnoticed for years before the problem becomes evident.
Note: Never Allow High-Strength Chlorine Bleach solutions to be used on any roof.

Enviro-Friendly Cleaners: These cleaners are usually oxygenated-bleach based products or mild detergents that are much safer for the roof and landscaping, but they generally require much more rinsing than the Chlorine Bleach method so they are more labor-intense and mean more foot traffic on the roof. A quality enviro-friendly product can be used on any roof and should not require any more than 100 psi to effectively rinse a shingle roof and even then, some granule loss should be expected.

Pressure Cleaning: Pressure cleaning is an option that should only be used on a concrete, clay, or standing seam metal roofs. Pressure cleaning eliminates most of the landscaping and chemical concerns, but it is very time consuming and it exerts tremendous force on a 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.
Note: Never Allow High Pressure to be used on Asphalt Shingles or Stone Coated Steel Roofs as this can easily cause irreparable damage.
 
While these methods are relatively safe and effective when done properly, repeated cleaning with these methods will lead to premature aging of the roof. The natural erosion that occurs over time from the basic forces of heat, cold, wind, and rain alone are enough to bring most roofs to the point where annual inspections and minor repairs are a necessity to prevent unexpected and significant repair costs. But when the roof is repeatedly subjected to high pressures or harsh chemicals, the aging of the roof is greatly accelerated.

With repeated cleaning, concrete 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 chance of damaging the roof simply by walking on it. And once gaps are created, by natural means or otherwise, and subsequent pressure cleaning or chemical cleaning is performed on a roof, these gaps provide water or the corrosive solutions with a path to the protective roof underlayment, moisture barriers, metal valley underlining, and flashings causing damage that can go unnoticed for years - increasing the chance of roof leaks and costly repairs.

What is the best Alternative – Prevention

The safest and most cost-effective long-term strategies will minimize the use of high pressures and harsh chemicals by stressing Preventative Maintenance from the start. These strategies should include periodic roof inspections / maintenance, keeping the roof free of debris, and preventing algae discoloration before it begins. A proper program of preventative maintenance and Roof-A-Cide protection will eliminate the need for future cleaning and the potential for damage that comes along with it – giving the homeowner and/or community an aesthetically pleasing roof for the full life of the roof.

And by implementing a Roof-A-Cide Stain Prevention program throughout your community, you may qualify for volume discounts while you are eliminating the potential for unnecessary damage and premature replacement.



Here are just some of the Communities being
protected with Roof-A-Cide…





Roof-A-Cide is used by Roofing Professionals, Property and Community Management Professionals, and Property Maintenance Professionals throughout the US. Click Here to Locate an Authorized Roof-A-Cide Applicator Near You.

Or Call 800-806-6727 ext 8 to learn how Roof-A-Cide can help your Community save money and keep your roofs
looking great at the same time.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Save Money and Protect Your Property

Roof-A-Cide is EPA Approved and Approved by Roofing Manufacturers for Concrete Tile, Barrel Tile, Asphalt Shingle, and Stone-Coated Metal

Safe and totally effective, Roof-A-Cide® is redefining the roof cleaning industry!
Roofing Professionals, Roof Cleaning Professionals, Experienced Property Managers, and Homeowners concerned about the damage associated with traditional roof cleaning insist on Roof-A-Cide® for safe and effective cleaning combined with long-term protection for the roof!

All Roof-A-Cide Applicators are professionally trained and equipped to use our specially formulated Roof-A-Cide® products safely and effectively to restore the original color to your roof and maintain that appearance for the life of your roof.



Learn More to Protect Yourself and Your Property:
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Download Our Roof Cleaning Guide for Homeowners, Community Associations, and Property Managers:
http://www.roof-a-cide.com/Roof%20CleaningforAssociation%20Managers%20-%20FL%20CAI.pdf

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Advanced Roofing and Sheet Metal – Full Service Roofing from Your Florida Roofing EXPERTS

For more than 30 years, Advanced Roofing and Sheet Metal has been leading the roofing industry in SW Florida and is widely known and very highly regarded within the Florida roofing and building trades for business ethics and quality craftsmanship.

Advanced Roofing and Sheet Metal is certified by nearly every major roofing manufacturer in the nation from metal to foam, shingle to tile, built-up or single ply.

And recognizing the need to properly maintain the roofs they install and eliminate the unnecessary wear & tear of constant cleaning, Advanced Roofing and Sheet Metal is an Authorized Roof-A-Cide Applicator.


Advanced Roofing & Sheet Metal offers Florida Commercial, Condo, HOA, and Residential Customers specialized service that no other roofing company can match. Extensive experience in fast paced, large-scale projects combined with a 24-Hour Service Department staffed by service teams certified in all roofing systems provide the expertise in installation, inspection, repair, cleaning, and regularly scheduled maintenance to meet the needs of Florida customers in the most professional and timely manner.

Visit their website to learn more about how Advanced Roofing and Sheet Metal can help you.


http://www.advancedroofingandsheetmetal.com/

Friday, August 12, 2011

Case Study - How to Eliminate the Concerns of Traditional Roof Cleaning

Whispering Sound, Palm City, Fl
This Palm City, Fl community, first treated in early 2006, still looks like new in August of 2011 – and will continue to look like new with a light Roof-A-Cide Treatment every few years.



As with all properties using Roof-A-Cide, Residents of this community do not have to worry about the broken tiles, roof damage, or landscaping damage associated with cleaning roofs with bleach, chlorine-based solutions, or pressure cleaning.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

How Your HOA Can Save Money

If your Homeowner Association is mandating that you and your neighbors keep your roofs clean, but they are not hiring a Professional to service the whole community at the same time, your community is more than likely spending much more than it needs to.

Group discounts and standardization of services are extremely important in effective management of a community, maintaining property values, and maximizing limited resources.

Example: An HOA with 300 homes that can secure a $100 discount for each of its Residents by coordinating services for the Community has effectively saved its Residents $30,000. This is money that can be better used to either offset other expenses or to keep Dues Increases down.

Many HOA Board Members and Property Managers are reluctant to deal with this issue because they assume that if the Community hires a company to do the work, the Community is then responsible for ANY problems that might be perceived to be related to that work. This is not the case. 

Board Members and Property Managers can help maintain the aesthetics of the community and do their residents a great service, while saving the community significant expense, by hiring a company with the following verifiable qualifications:

  • Licensing
  • Insurance, both Liability and Workers Comp
  • Experience with processes and/or solutions that are safe for the roof and surrounding property
  • References from properties of similar size and structure
  • Approval from Manufacturers
Communities can also save significant expense by eliminating the Roof Cleaning altogether. Roof-A-Cide offers the ONLY stain prevention process that is Proven Effective, Safe for the Roof and Landscaping, EPA Approved, and Approved by Roof Manufacturers.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Homeowner Association Roofs

  With this economy squeezing everyone, Homeowner Associations have to balance the need to manage expenses and the need to preserve Property Values. In this environment, proper and cost-effective maintenance on major replacement items such as Roofs is becoming even more important - because it always costs less in the Long Run.

A little neglect may breed great mischief...for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost.
– Ben Franklin

  Responsible Management knows that roofs should be cleaned and maintained and that improper cleaning or neglecting necessary maintenance can drastically reduce service life and will only increase the actual costs to the Community.

  We can Help! From Individual Homes to Communities of over 1,000, Authorized Roof-A-Cide Applicators are licensed, trained, and equipped to provide the safest, most cost-effective solution to ugly roof stains.  Combined with the periodic inspections and routine maintenance recommended by the National Roofing Contractors Association and every manufacturer, Roof-A-Cide Stain Prevention will help you get the maximum possible service life from your roofs and minimize unnecessary costs and disruptions to the Community.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Why do Knowledgeable Homeowners and Property Managers Choose Roof-A-Cide?

  • It is Safer for the Roof
  • It is More Effective
  • It is Safer for the Environment
  • It is GUARANTEED
Roof Cleaning Information for Homeowners

Roof Cleaning Information for Property Managers

A Light Spray will PREVENT Ugly Roof Stains for YEARS
video
EPA Approved and Approved by Roof Manufacturers

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Choosing The Right Contractor To Install Your Roof Is Just As Important As Choosing The Right Materials

Earl W. Johnston Roofing Inc., family owned and operated, has been proving this in South Florida by building a solid reputation with Quality, Consistency, and a Focus on Customer Service since 1986!  Earl W. Johnston Roofing Inc. has earned some of the highest designations, certifications, and awards working with Shingle, Tile, Metal, TPO, and Flat Roofs.
 
A roof is a significant, long-term investment. So Homeowners, Condo Associations, and Property Managers should look for a Roofing Professional that will maintain the roof over the long term in order to keep it functioning properly and preserve the Manufacturer’s Warranty. A cost-effective maintenance program will save money, avoid unexpected / unnecessary problems, and maximize the life of the roof while minimizing the actual cost.


Recognized as a leader in the industry, Earl W. Johnston Roofing Inc. is One Of The FEW Truly Full-Service Roofing Professionals in South Florida. They not only install roofs - more importantly, they Maintain Their Customers’ Roofs so they are able to offer the longest, most comprehensive, and most cost-effective roof warranties available today.


With so many companies here today and gone tomorrow, it is reassuring to know that Earl W. Johnston Roofing Inc. has been taking care of their Customers in South Florida for over 25 years. And while some Roofing companies are following their lead and are now starting to offer Roof Cleaning and Maintenance, Earl W. Johnston Roofing Inc. has been doing it for decades and can offer the expertise, experience, and proven results that others just can’t.


Find out what you really should expect from a Professional Roofing Company. Contact Earl W. Johnston Roofing Inc. today to learn more about their Roof Cleaning and Maintenance.  This program will make sure your roof is prepared for each Hurricane Season and it will keep your roof looking and performing like new for years to come: 954/989-7794.


Note: All Earl W. Johnston Roofing Inc. Customers receive Priority Scheduling and Service in the event of a Major Storm or Disaster. 

“Your Roof is Our Business” - Earl W. Johnston Roofing Inc. handles ALL your Roofing needs with the assurance that can only come with years of Training, Experience and Proven Results.
  • Shingle, Tile, Metal, TPO, or Flat Roofs
  • New Roofs and Re-Roofs
  • Roof Inspection, Repair, Cleaning, Reflective Coatings, and Roof-A-Cide Treatment 
GAF Master Elite Contractor, Authorized Roof-A-Cide Applicator, FPL Participating Independent Contractor, Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner, Members of the Better Business Bureau, the National Roofing Contractors Association and the Roofing Contractors Association of South Florida.


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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Stone Coated Steel / Stone Coated Metal Roofs

With Stone Coated Metal Roofs becoming more popular, Homeowner, Property Managers, and Contractors have had to deal with the prospect of cleaning them. Stone Coated Metal roofs develop the unsightly algae stains just like almost every other roofing material and Property Managers, Homeowners, and Property Maintenance Professionals need a solution to keep these roofs clean SAFELY.

The typical roof cleaning methods used by inexperienced contractors - Pressure Cleaning or Very High-Strength Chlorine Bleach can easily damage these roofs and repairs are expensive.

But Roof-A-Cide has been working with Manufacturers of these roofs for close to a decade to help them evaluate Roof-A-Cide in the Lab and in the Field. After extensive testing, Roof-A-Cide once again proved to be Safe and Effective and has been Approved for use in Preventing Ugly Roof Stains and Eliminating the need for Roof Cleaning. So Customers with these types of roofs don't need to worry about Roof Cleaning if they are working with an Authorized Roof-A-Cide Applicator.

If your Roofing Professional or Property Maintenance Professional does not offer Roof-A-Cide so you can avoid the need for Roof Cleaning, contact us at 800/806-6727 or visit out website at www.Roof-A-Cide.com and we can put you in touch with a Company that does. Roof-A-Cide is used by some of the Largest, Most Established Roofing and Property Maintenance Companies in Florida.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Changes in The Roof Cleaning Industry

The Roof-A-Cide Team had an opportunity last month to participate in one of the Southeast’s most widely attended Roofing Conventions. It was very educational and it was great to see that many of the Roofing Professionals we spoke with are now starting to understand how important Roof Cleaning is to their customers and how important it is for their companies to offer this service.

For far too long, Homeowners Associations and Communities here in Florida have mandated Roof Cleaning – while most Roofing Professionals were not offering it. As a result, it has too often been left to contractors that are not licensed, not insured, not trained, and not qualified to do the work properly. The result has been damage that is expensive and unnecessary. We expect to see this changing in the near future.

Our presentation generated a lot of interest from companies looking at the Safety of Roof-A-Cide, Approvals from Roofing Manufacturers, Proven Track Record, Our Training Program, and Our Guarantee  ALL of which are unmatched in the industry and why Roof-A-Cide is The Industry Leader.

And with this new insight into their customers’ needs and an understanding of the benefits of Roof-A-Cide, we hope to see many of these companies join the other Roofing, Construction, and Property Maintenance Professionals that offer their customers Roof-A-Cide because it’s a much safer and more cost-effective approach to properly maintaining a roof!

Click Here to Learn More About Roof Cleaning for Your HOA:
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