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  1. 3 points
    Hi all, Wondering if there are any benefits to being a premium member / getting certified if i am in Canada - (Vancouver). Are there any other Canadians certified? I have so far appreciated the free portion of the site and am interested in the premium part. Someone talk me into it! EDIT OK I talked myself into it! Off to the premium section
  2. 2 points
    Hello Guys, Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa here If you lived here in Florida, you would know we have been softwashing down here for many many years! A "softwash system" is what we have been using to chemically clean roofs and exteriors w/o pressure washing, for many years. In this forum, you will learn how to build your very own softwash systems, and how to roll your own softwashing chemicals. There is no need to buy expensive,, pre fabricated softwash skids, when you can easily build your very own softwash system. You do not need questionable, and very expensive softwash chemicals for your systems. Before you buy any ready made Softwash System, or "training", post any and all your soft wash cleaning questions here, so we may help you build your own system, and do it yourself.
  3. 2 points
    When home sellers put their place on the market, they need to understand that potential buyers will be looking at every aspect of their home. Just about every buyer will be scrutinizing the roof. In marketing and sales efforts, roof cleaners need to target this need and educate these home sellers on how roof cleaning services can benefit them. Taking a page from real estate agents, communicate the importance of a home's exterior and how it influences its value and time on the market. Curb Appeal is Key to a Fair Offer The first impression a potential buyer will have of a home is hard to overcome — and this is why many real estate agents try to hammer the point home that curb appeal is one of the most important things a seller can work on. When someone walks up to a home (or views a listing online), will they see a well-maintained lawn and entryway, a clean roof, and a fresh paint job? If so, they'll feel good walking in the door -- and they may be more likely to feel good about the house interior, too. If the buyer sees a moss-covered, aged roof or peeling paint, they will assume a home is a fixer upper to some degree. Any offer they make will be priced accordingly. Buyers Expect to See a Well-Maintained Home As we just touched upon, buyers expect that a home for sale will have been well maintained in all aspects. Even if a seller has kept the home's major systems up to date, buyers are apt to believe what they see. If what they see is an aged roof, then buyers will distrust that the seller has, in fact, done as they have claimed and kept up with maintenance. Again, this translates to a low ball offer more often than not -- that is, if the potential buyer even makes an offer. They may cross a house off the list in search of a better deal. If you're looking to sell quickly and for a fair price, it's in your interest to do everything to prepare the home for sale, including any necessary roof/exterior cleaning. Homes Need to Compete While the real estate market is highly location specific, homes in many areas need to compete in any way they can or stay stagnant on the real estate market for months if not years. With several comparable properties on the market, a home needs to get buyer attention in every was possible, instead of lose buyer attention through oversight or inattention to detail. With this in mind, a cleaned roof should be seen as the standard for home sellers, rather than something extra. Market to People's Needs Roof cleaning is a fast and cost-efficient way to make a home look up to date and generate curb appeal. When sellers understand this, they're much more likely to purchase these services. The challenge, however, is that people are bombarded with messages each day telling them how different products or services can help them out. If you're serious about growing your business, you'll need to adopt modern marketing practices over a few ads in the paper and a billboard. Target soon-to-be home sellers with social media ads, for example. Whatever strategies and channels you end up adopting, make sure to make the message geared toward this list of benefits. When people understand how a service can help them achieve their current goals, they are much more likely to ask for a quote.
  4. 2 points
    SH is an oxidizer, that can and will dull paint. It is possible that your solution did this, it is also possible they were like this, under the dirt, and you come along and get blamed. LOL, some customers will blame you for everything. Seriously, I had a customer call me all pissed off once, and said I ruined his marriage! Another customer claimed we made his Orange Tree "Glow In The Dark", because we were spraying radioactive material.
  5. 2 points
    customer thought they needed a new roof one afternoon with us looks new again. Curb appeal now.
  6. 2 points
    “Curb appeal.” Achieving it is the holy grail of properties in Toledo and beyond. But sometimes, it can feel like the effort that goes into that first impression isn’t worth the outcome. That’s why an exterior cleaning company can become your best friend. Using top-tier technology, expert technicians can transform your property. Our team delivers service that is: Convenient – we schedule the service you need when you need itGuaranteed effective – you can always count on top-tier qualityAffordable – we deliver superior service at a fair priceHands-off (for you!) – we take care of everything so you don’t have to!Your Curb Appeal ChecklistThe formula for curb appeal isn’t rocket science – it just takes the diligent work of qualified professionals. Team H2O Spray delivers with top-to-bottom service, including: Roof Cleaning We remove those black streaks – and make your roofing last longer.House Washing Our team has a solution for every stain and eyesore, from dirt to mold.Concrete Cleaning Oil stains and chewing gum buildup? No problem – we can clean it all.With exterior cleaning and pressure washing service from Team H2O Spray, your curb appeal will be ready to shine.
  7. 2 points
    h2o spray

    We Clean Roofs!

    Your roof protects the rest of your home – but it needs it’s own share of protection, too! A result roof washing service is a simple way to strengthen your property value (and curb appeal!). Add 10 Years to Your RoofOver time, your roof becoming a breeding ground for mold and mildew. But that’s not the only issue. If you’ve ever noticed black stripes creeping across your roof, you have a Gloeocapsa Magma problem. This bacteria eats at your roofing, which causes the streaks – and the decreased lifetime of your shingles. Roof washing is the best way to fight back. With a regular cleaning, you’ll get a decade or longer out of your roof, and curb appeal to match. A Safe Roof Cleaning SolutionWe use no-pressure washing to clean your roof. This method kills mold and bacteria, removes stains, and restores the beautiful first impression to your top layer. The most important part? It does it without high impact, so the quality of your roof stays intact. Give your property the best in curb appeal – and boost the value of your investment – with the help of our roof washing professionals!
  8. 2 points
    Ted is an awesome guy, who loves this place. We get every type of scam artist coming through here, trying to sell our members some worthless shit Ted saw something that made his suspicious, please don't take it personally
  9. 2 points
    Where is the best place to find these sales people... ??? The sales people that actually do go door to door... ??? One good lead is to find your local monthly meetings for realtors / private investors / etc... This is a great place to market with your local real estate network... Most of the time they form a line and whomever wants to come up and give your 2 minute spiel in front of the group that night you can... If you are camera shy just pass out cards amongst the group and you get the same point across... BTW most of these meetings have a yearly due, but, it is small compared to the amount of work you can obtain... The one that I know of is $ 149.00 per year... They meet once a month... First meeting you can go as a guest so it's free... Def. worth checking out... That's peanuts considering... !!!
  10. 2 points
    I send out flyers/post cards at least twice a season. I order them off of Vista Print, then I put them in envelopes myself. This way it gets the customers attention when they have to open it. This definitely gets me jobs and is well worth the time and money. I also spent $600 on postcard mailings from Vista Print. Out of 1,000 postcards, I got one job... $400. Never again will I send just postcards. But if you put them in an envelope, the customer actually looks at it. That's the key, I get a ton of jobs this way. Also I don't drive anywhere to get addresses. I sit on my ass in my living room and use an online tool along with google earth that will give you almost any address you want. I posted this about a year ago in secrets of Roof cleaning. The link to the tool is also in that thread.
  11. 2 points
    Lozmar Lozmar

    I totally lost

    I need to know what product its the best for siding and roof! Please help I invest a lot of money on pressure washer equipment and now i understand its not about the pressure its about the chemical!
  12. 2 points
    h2o spray

    Rain Rain & Rain

    Well we have a job scheduled for Tues Nov 29,2016 (Tomorrow) and it has rained the entire day....Is having this much rain going to effect my cleaning if the rain stops hours before the scheduled time ? The forecast for cleaning day is 10 mph winds with a high of 60 with NO rain for at least 24hrs.. Any/All responses to this post is gratefully appreciated !
  13. 2 points

    Cedar Roof Cleaning Basics

    Sodium Percarbonate mixed at 8 OZ. per gallon and Sodium Hydroxide added at 2 oz. per gallon and applied with dedicated pump and neutralize with oxalic mixed at 6 OZ per gallon. You could also DS Sodium Hydroxide I've done it many times on Cedar,..and is actually my preferred method due to speed. Cedar that is just grayed out is VERY easy to clean. Cedar with heavy moss takes alot of rinsing, so having a good "On Board" rinsing pump is a necessity,...counting on the customers' water is a gamble at best. And if they're on a well,..that will need to be discussed beforehand. YES, these need to be charged for appropriately. Nothing like doing an asphalt shingled roof. The results though are very gratifying. Jeff
  14. 1 point
    Justin Treu

    Moss On old shingles

    From what I have read you have to hit it with a strong roof mix and let it dewell ... and when the moss dies the rain should wash all the moss out ,, don’t quote me on it I am a newbie too.. and when I mean dewell I mean for a couple days , make sure no rain in the forecast ..
  15. 1 point
    Just joined today I'm on the west coast of Canada. Lots of great information! Thank you
  16. 1 point
    As long as your SH is fresh, and you have some Sun, you are good to go. Even if it is cloudy, it will just take longer
  17. 1 point
    Actually, BRONZE has equal or better SH resistance as stainless steel, and Hastelloy is the best metal.
  18. 1 point
    I have a huge supply in stainless as well!
  19. 1 point
    Read, read, and then read some more. If you have any questions about cleaning roofs, post them on the forum, and we will answer.
  20. 1 point
    I was recommended here to learn how to roof wash. How does one go about the learning process so I can offer this great service to my customers?
  21. 1 point
    Cleaned a roof yesterday (Monday) 42 degrees....It was cold but we made good $$$ Love Roof Cleaning!
  22. 1 point
    Yes, a dual axle would have been nice, especially with all the weight we sometimes carry. It looks great !
  23. 1 point
    Anyone ever hear of wysi wash system? Its made to clean dog kennels and other things.
  24. 1 point
    Don’t waste your money on any BS. I clean 52 outdoor dog kennels every Tuesday! I use what’s recommended by the “HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES”. Which is : 32/1 water/bleach. Add a light touch of surfactant. Make sure you rinse very well! I’ve reduced kennel cough and other diseases by an enormous amount according to the Kennel owners. They love it and so do I.
  25. 1 point
    That’s why I love realtors! Once you do work for one and show them what we can do, they keep wanting our service!
  26. 1 point
    I like my enclosed trailer. I have it wrapped so it too is a billboard. Paid itself off quickly. I like the fact I can lock all my equipment up if need be wherever we are. Problem now is, I need a dual axle..
  27. 1 point
    Posted this under softwash thread earlier, meant to put it here This is my first post/topic and I am sure that there are a million posts that dig deeper and deeper into my question. I’m starting or have begun an exterior restoration business, naturally with the cleaning of the roof and it’s black streaks being the push. I have been trying “Redihans Wash Safe” products. I have seen some good results, but I am just hoping for some feedback or products that work best for you all. My goal is to be able to clean and restore an exterior of a property with a single solution. This Wash Safe Supreme I have been using does do well, but it just doesn’t seem strong enough. Just looking for some help as I feel like I’m paying for overpriced OxyClean. Thoughts?
  28. 1 point
    I strongly believe in a Dually. The 1 ton truck has bigger everything, and the dual wheel tires can save your ass, if you get a flat. Here is one of my very first trucks of any kind And here is our current flatbed
  29. 1 point
    I was working on a concept similar to the Pro Portioner 12 years ago. https://community.thegrimescene.com/topic/7760-a-big-advance-in-roof-cleaning/ I called my system the Apple Vari Flow System. I never had any plans to sell my idea, so I intentionally left off the expensive check and metering valves, used in the Pro Portioner, in favor of simple, inexpensive, and leak proof pinch valves. I wanted it to be cheap to make for everyone. Back in 2006, there just wasn't the interest in an adjustable chemical delivery system, that there is in the Pro Portioner today. My pinch valve based system did not work as good as the Pro Portioner does today. However, I was able to make it work good enough for me. Remember, I was trying to keep the cost down, in the hope that other cleaning contractors would duplicate my system, and experiment with me. Precision and chemically resistant check and metering valves were expensive back then, and they are expensive now. Because there just wasn't much interest in my system, and because my employees refused to use it, I abandoned my system. Remember, we are, and always have been, nearly a pure roof cleaning company. 85% of our business, is cleaning tile and shingle roofs here in Tampa. We are not now, nor have we ever been, a softwashing company. So, we really had no need for my system. Plus, my employees felt that it slowed them down! LOL, I guess I was ahead of my time, huh ? They want their booster pump to work with the Pro Portioner, so they have a great need to not bypass the pump. Tim Aselton, and Paul from The Powerwash store are very bright guys, and I am sure they will have tested their Pro Switch out. Together with the Pro Portioner, it will be an outstanding system
  30. 1 point
    Nice work, Jacksonville is a huge place, what part is this roof you cleaned in ?
  31. 1 point
    I'm running a 1/2 yamada pump on 200ft of 5/8 hose. It's run flawless for the last 1.5 years. Whats the best pump going right now and why?
  32. 1 point
    Barrel tile roofs require regular cleaning just like any other kind of roofing material. Just like asphalt shingle roof cleaning, the color is usually completely restored during the cleaning process. This roof is a great example. This particular barrel tile roof is actually in Ponte Vedra, Florida, outside of Jacksonville in the beautiful Marsh Landing community. The homeowners were required by their homeowner association to have the roof cleaned. This is typical of many HOA's all across the country. Keeping your roof clean keeps the neighborhood looking nice, but also helps reduce the spread of the type of algae that causes your roof to discolor over time. Just like asphalt shingles, barrel tiles should not be cleaned using pressure alone. Many colored concrete tiles can be stripped over their color by using pressure washing methods. Ultrasoft Pressure Washing takes the pressure out of everything with our Ultrasoft methods. Our barrel tile roof cleaning process consists of a zero pressure application of a proprietary roof cleaning solution to safely and effectively restore your roof's natural color. Each roof is different, so the solution is tailored to each home that we clean, but the results are the same. The original color and vibrancy of your roof is restored before we leave. Even better, after a couple of hard rains, any residual matter left on the roof is rinsed off, and your roof will actually improve in appearance even more. Have a look at this massive 6,500 sq. ft. barrel tile roof we recently cleaned with our zero pressure roof cleaning process. Even while wet, you can see the color is restored, and this roof looks amazing. If you need barrel tile roof cleaning in Jacksonville, Florida or even Ponte Vedra, Florida call Ultrasoft Pressure Washing LLC today. (904) 304-0810 or fill out our contact form at our roof cleaning and pressure washing website.
  33. 1 point
    Roof cleaning in Jacksonville, Florida, or anywhere else for that matter, is not an easy task. To properly clean a roof without damaging the roof itself, the landscaping, finishes on the home and it's surroundings is a task that takes experience, know how, and time to get it right. Roof cleaning is somewhat risky, climbing around on sloped surfaces, the risk of damage to the roof itself, the landscaping below, etc. There are many reasons to be careful who you hire for your roof cleaning. Many people wrongly assume roof cleaning is simple, and anyone can do it. These people seek out the lowest priced roof cleaning companies, and many pay heavily for it. This unfortunately leaves a bad taste in their mouths where roof cleaners are concerned. One thing to realize is that even experienced, certified roof cleaning companies can have issues at times. Roof cleaning is a delicate endeavor that requires a lot of thought, planning, and care to make sure it goes right. The key to a good roof cleaning is more in caring for the property around the roof. The solutions used to clean roofs can be dangerous in the wrong hands. There are also dangers of working at heights, spraying liquids, and walking on slippery wet surfaces. Hiring a certified roof cleaning company to handle your roof cleaning project for you is a great way to ensure you get someone who has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to safely and efficiently clean your roof. If you need a roof cleaning company in Jacksonville, Florida, call Ultrasoft Pressure Washing LLC today. RCIA certified roof cleaning experts you can count on. 904-304-0810 Look at the amazing results you can look forward to for your home. Note how plants in the drip line are covered by tarps to protect them from roof cleaning solutions. We don't take risks with our client's properties. Call us today.
  34. 1 point
    OK, I have read till my eyes feel like they are gonna bleed and have sprayed a few hundred gallons of water learning my new setup. I decided to do a roof for my neighbor for free to get the practice in. I had a brand new batch of sh come in at work and I made a 55 gallon batch of roof mix. I mixed 18 gallons of sh to the rest water. I didn't add surfactant and think that could be the reason for my problem. I sprayed the roof late in the evening and didn't rinse. The roof was a shingle roof that was quite black but didn't have any moss on it. It was a 6 and 12 pitch so I know I should have used gain but didn't. I didn't have t and wanted to finish before dark. I came by today after work and the roof is still as black as before I sprayed it. It looked to be turning white during application but something is definitely not right. I tried getting pics but the way the house is on a hill I cant get any that show whats up. Mainly wanting opinions on what could have happened and if its ok to put surfactant in a fresh batch and spray again. Thanks for the help.
  35. 1 point
    Southern Maryland Roof Cleaning Selling or safely maintaining your home? If you are selling your house a good idea is to wash it! The GUTTERDOGS company has an affordable solution for you! If you are just maintaining the appearance of your home the answer is the same. Safe low to no pressure cleaning. Roof Cleaning What is roof cleaning? Some companies use pressure to clean the shingles. It is becoming well know, and for good reason, that pressure can damage the shingles. These companies hide the fact that they pressure wash your roof by calling it a low pressure rinse. GutterDogs offers a safe affordable no pressure roof cleaning service that provides results the same day. If you was to put your home on the market the day after you would have a new looking roof! About 10% of the cost to replace it! Siding wash and wax In addition to cleaning your roof with a safe no pressure method we can clean your siding as well. Pretty much the same cleaning but for siding we include a wax! The wax does 2 things. Creates a less pourus surface for the mold and dirt to stick to and helps to bring back the color of the siding! This cleaning, with the wax added, lasts longer! Sidewalk cleaning, Driveways, basement stairwells etc. We can also clean concrete. The method we use to clean concrete is safe for the creme. Creme is the top layer. The equipment we use is state of the art, and the cleaning is uniform and lasts longer than traditional pressure washing methods. Deck and Fence wash Yup we clean these too! Gutters and downspouts Yes we clean these too. We have a little secret to get the downspouts 100% clean. Dryer vent cleaning The number one cause for home fires. We even clean the flex pipe! Get it all done in one day! Deals given on combine jobs! Call 240-355-1110
  36. 1 point
    This is one of the many clients that we serviced in Leesburg Va last year. The instant improvement to curb appeal was nothing short of amazing! A new roof would have cost the homeowner in excess of $15,000. Our services? Less than 10% of that! We're American-ProTech, the regions premier roof stain removal specialists: Professional StaffProfessional EquipmentProfession Results - Every TimeVisit our Resource Center then give us a call for your no obligation consultation.
  37. 1 point
    Hello all! Just Joined today, been reading all i can and have been very pleased with everyones knowledge and willingness to share it with the rest of us. I want to start my own roof cleaning business soon and hoping i can get some helpful first rig tips. Thanks!
  38. 1 point
    For anyone who's considering trying this setup, I just got an email from the manufacturer of these power supplies that all you need is a 6 amp, 120 volt power source. So a very small generator would be more than sufficient for this! Also, he said to be sure you put a screen over your vent holes (if you use a box to waterproof it) as bugs can and will short it out. He said that heat build-up in a box would not be a problem as long as there are vent holes in the bottom.
  39. 1 point
    We get it there, call them
  40. 1 point
    Thank you for the reply. It was a brand new barrel that came in but I bet it had sit a while. I will try that. Thank you again.
  41. 1 point
    I just hired my first sales guy who will be starting this coming season. He's ben in sales for over 10 years and is currently doing great at it. He is also one of my good friends. We worked out a cash commission payout as of now. For those of you who have sales employees or anybody working marketing for you; pros/cons, any advice and how successful has your sales people ben for you?
  42. 1 point
    I ran an ad in the Tampa Tribune for Canvassers Wanted.
  43. 1 point
    It was weird watching the Denver Bronco's vs Carolina Panthers game last night, because Tony Dungy was on TV, and we recently cleaned his roof. Tony was a referral from another ex pro football player we did. LOL, I wish every job was like his. No shopping, just come clean it when you can We got into the football players market years ago by pure luck. I got a caller who would not give an address, and asked me how much for an 8000 sq ft 2 story tile roof with a 4 car garage. Bidding blind, I hit him really high, even for us. A few weeks later, he called me back, and said his client has decided to go with your company. I thanked him, and asked him why he went with us. He said because we were by far the most expensive bid, and did not offer to throw in all kinds of extra's to try and get the job. In front of my Son,. I told him, "We are busy, and I might be able to squeeze you in in a few weeks" He said "fine, let me know". My son said "Dad, we are not that busy, let me go do that 5,000 dollar job" I told him NO. LOL, we did do him the following week, because I told he we had to reschedule another client, who went on a Cruise
  44. 1 point
    yes I do a similar processes and it does work really good. I'll check that tool out! My question to is do you find the persons name for each address or so you just label it as current resident
  45. 1 point
    No I do not write anything by hand. That takes way to long and looks unprofessional. When looking up addresses on the free online tool, I collect a list and type it on a PDF(word). Then I go to the Dollar Tree or Dollar Store and purchase blank mailing labels. The same exact ones sell at party city for $6! So get them at the dollar store, it's definitely a bargain. So once you get them, it provides a website on the package of mailing labels that you go to which lays out a printable format that lines up with the mailing labels. Copy and paste all the addresses in the boxes of the format. Put the mailing labels in the printer and print. Pull each mailing label off and stick to the envelopes. Done. O and as far as the names go I don't have access to that. The addresses works fine.
  46. 1 point
    Over the years I have used direct mailing and they worked great for me. Back when I started cedar shakes cleaning, which many said I couldn't do my way, LOL, I would drive a location write down all the cedar roof addresses. Would go to the assessors page and get their name. Developed a tri-fold and hand addressed them, stamped and mailed. Got a lot of work that way.
  47. 1 point
    Well, this one took longer than an hour! It was a fairly big job and it turned out great! Plenty more before and after pics can be found on our website, TheRoofCleaningCompany.com. Check us out online and hit the FB like button in the upper right!
  48. 1 point
    It is also about READING Lozmar. No one gets spoon fed here, w/o making some effort to at least READ.
  49. 1 point
    Research the phrase "3 stepping", or "3 stepping wood". The same CORRECT process used to strip/clean decks is used on cedar. That's not to say that some don't use SH on cedar, in fact many do. But the proper way, in my professional opinion, is to 3 step it. The 4th step, if applicable, would be seal/stain if so desired. Cedar looks amazing when properly done. It's also a LOT of work, so charge accordingly. The last one that we did took us 3 days and cost the client $6500. I prefer asphalt shingles :-)
  50. 1 point
    Sorry for the late reply everyone, Thank you, we sent a very long time on it and was a very good learning experience. It is, same county I'm in! There cement tiles. Wasn't really expecting these tile jobs, we got another to do this weekend also, haha. 2800sf roof (: The picture's on the top of the roof turned out AMAZING, I was very happy to see how those turned out. Thanks everyone,