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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Steep Slope Roofing Basics for Board Members and Community Managers

We’re pleased to announce that our state certified CEU course, "Steep Slope Roofing Basics", is now available for Board Members and Community Managers.

This course is designed to help Florida Community Association, HOA, and Condo Association Board Members and Managers maximize the expected life of their roofing systems, while minimizing their costs, by understanding how their roofs are constructed and what steps are necessary to keep roofing systems functioning properly for as long as possible.

Board Members and Managers completing this course will earn CEU credit while gaining an understanding of the following:

  • Common roof designs: Gable vs Hip vs Mansard, etc.
  • Design elements of a roofing system: Ridge, Hip, Valleys, etc.
  • Roof components: Underlayment, flashings, vents, etc.
  • Common roof materials: Tile, shingle, stone-coated metal, membrane, etc.
  • Roof warranties: Manufacturer vs Workmanship
  • Roof maintenance: Common roof inspection & maintenance requirements
  • Roof repairs: Most common areas of roof failure / leaks
  • Roof cleaning: What to do & what NOT to do
  • Life expectancy: Understand the lifecycle of different roofing systems and how maintenance, or lack of it impacts the life expectancy & costs

The better you understand your roofs and the maintenance requirements,
the better you're able to control costs
This course will be made available to Board Members and Managers through the following venues:
  • CAI functions
  • CAM educational groups & events
  • Trade shows
  • Staff training at your location for Property Management companies

If you would like to have this course presented for your group, community, or staff, please contact us at 800-806-6727 or via

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Roof-A-Cide's Top 5 Articles on Roof Maintenance

Roofs are one of the most expensive maintenance and replacement items of a home. And when you’re dealing with a community, the expense is multiplied and is usually very substantial. Proper maintenance, or lack of it, has a substantial impact on the aesthetics, property values, and costs to the residents of the community - and effective management of the maintenance & costs is a critical part of the effective management of the community as a whole.

This is a list of the top five articles we’ve compiled that will help Board Members and Community Managers understand the basics of managing their roof maintenance:

  • Nobody Likes Roof Cleaning: LinkedIn Pulse 
    For most Florida communities, Roof Cleaning is part of recurring maintenance simply because dirty roofs look bad and clean roofs look much better. Very few things drag down the appearance of the average community like roofs that look old and worn out because they are covered in black algae. 
    But if they’re truly looking to maximize value and minimize long-term costs, appearance is only one of several factors that Board Members and Community Managers should be concerned with regarding their community’s significant investment in their roofs.
  • Roof Cleaning for Communities: LinkedIn Pulse 
    Experienced Community 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 proven, effective ways to avoid this.
  • Coming Soon to a Florida Community Near You: LinkedIn Pulse 
    Because the appearance of the roofs has such an impact on property values, many communities in Florida require that homeowners / residents keep their roofs clean – just like they require that the lawns are mowed, bushes are trimmed, and driveways are kept clean. The more proactive and comprehensively managed communities coordinate the roof cleaning for the benefit of the community – making it more convenient for the homeowners, maintaining a consistent look throughout the community, minimizing disruption, and saving money at the same time. This is where communities in Central Florida and on the Treasure Coast can learn a lot from their counterparts in Southeast and Southwest Florida.