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

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

You Have to Take Care of Your Roof if You Want Your Roof to Take Care of You.

Your roof is one of your home’s most important lines of defense against the elements and it should be inspected regularly to identify & correct problems while they are still relatively minor. Roof inspections are especially important if you live in a location that tends to experience weather extremes, or after a particularly harsh season.

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends your roof be inspected twice a year—once during fall months, and again in the late spring – to ensure optimal performance and maximum lifespan. Regular roof inspections include looking at interior walls, ceilings and fireplace flues, evaluation of downspout/gutter systems and an examination of roofing materials (shingles, shakes, tiles, etc.).

What Causes Damage or Deterioration?

  • Sun: Heat and UV rays can be destructive to roofing materials, causing them to break down over time.
  • Wind: High winds can pull shingles away from the roof’s underlayment, allowing dirt and water to collect between the layers. Over time, this debris and moisture can lead to structural deterioration.
  • Rain and Snow: Frequent moisture penetration can be detrimental to your roof’s structure, causing mildew, wood rot and even damage to insulation and electrical infrastructure. Ice dams can be especially damaging to the integrity of your roofing structure.
  • Algae, Moss, & Lichen: These organic materials discolor your roof and hold in excess water—which leads to wood rot and structural damage over time. 
  • Trees: If your landscaping becomes overgrown, tree limbs and leaf buildup may become a problem. Long, heavy branches can puncture or scratch your roof, and leaves may block downspout systems.
  • Pests: Insects & Animals sometimes move in to make your home theirs as well. Trees that are close to the roof line increase the likelihood of this happening.

Quick Inspection Checklist:

  1. Gutters: Properly functioning gutters are an integral part of the roofing system because they divert water away from the structure. Clogged gutters can back up, rot the fascia and allow water to penetrate into attic and walls. 
  2. Trees: Trim overhanging branches away from the roof line.  
  3. Flashings: Look for loose material, wear, or missing metal or chimneys and wall penetrations. Caulk and adhesives should be addressed if they show cracks or gaps.
  4. Fascia: Look for signs of wearing or cracking paint. Also check for wood rot.
  5. Shingle Roofs: Shingle roofs can be visually inspected from the ground and binoculars would be helpful. Look for: - Discoloration from algae, moss, or lichen - Missing dislodged shingles - Protruding nails - Pest / Animal damage - Granule loss  
  6. Tile or Metal Roofs: Tile and metal roofs can be visually inspected from the ground and binoculars would be helpful. Look for: - Discoloration from algae, moss, or lichen - Missing, cracked, or broken tiles - Pest / Animal damage

Most Homeowners find it easier and more thorough to hire a Roofing Professional to address these issues. Roof-A-Cide works with some of the industry’s top professionals that provide Homeowners, Communities, and Businesses with comprehensive service that includes inspections, cleaning, stain prevention, repairs, maintenance, and replacement. Visit our website to locate an Authorized Roof-A-Cide® Applicator near you.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Roof Cleaning and Maintenance in Orlando & Central Florida

Why do experienced Contractors and Community Managers choose Roof-A-Cide®? Safety, Proven Effectiveness, and GUARANTEED Results!

Example: Coastal Painting Company was contracted to perform the Painting along with the Roof Cleaning & Roof-A-Cide® treatment of the concrete tile roofs of this upscale Orlando community, with 18 large multi-family buildings and a clubhouse in June of 2014.

Work was completed on schedule by Coastal Painting's professionally trained and equipped staff with minimal disruption to the Resort Guests and Staff.

As with all Roof-A-Cide® Treatments, these roofs were GUARANTEED to stay clean for AT LEAST 2 Full Years. And if the property chooses to have the Roof-A-Cide® reapplied every couple of years, these roofs will STAY clean and they'll NEVER need cleaning again!

One year later, in June of 2015, as part of the Roof-A-Cide® inspection & quality control, we inspected and documented the property - which is recorded below.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Professional Roof Cleaning for HOA and Condo 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) for Roof Cleaning because it is cheap, fast, and easy. And while some roofing manufacturers recommend using some bleach when cleaning a roof, NONE of them recommend the extremely high strength concentrations that are commonly used throughout Florida and increasingly throughout the US.  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.
  • Roof-A-Cide® has been approved by the largest manufacturers of Asphalt Shingles, Concrete Tiles, Clay Tiles, Stone-Coated Metal and Slate.
  • Roof-A-Cide® has over 20 years of PROVEN results in HOA & Condo Communities.

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.