TLC you did nothing wrong, of course! However, Ted with Roof Cleaning Virginia is truly as nice a giuy as you could know! I have been a member of RCIA since it's first year and in that time, I have seen what Ted thought you might be-A vendor looking for buyers. He was just waiting you out a bit, to see if you were for real or for sale. Honestly--get to know Ted just a little-talk to him on the phone and I guarantee you you will like him and he will do anything he can to help you! In answer to your question though, no, none of those gimmick "Homeowner Do It Youself" products are worth a nickel. I tried the first 3 as they came out on the back of my shingled roof and after 3 and 4 months, they had turned a bit yellowish and went back to black algae [ or bacteria technically ] by about 6 months-full black in a year. Nothing works but Chlorine mixes-which you can use the "SEARCH" feature here and find out what everyone thinks is best. Me? I use 30 -35% chlorine and 48 ounces of Gain dish liquid in a 100 gallon tank for shingled roofs and 50% chlorine on tile. Don't get upset with RCIA over a little, temporary glitch. RCIA is the real deal all the way! Here's a video of me cleaning a roof with my mixture- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVakZwBLwUc
https://fortmyers.craigslist.org/search/bbb?query=roof%20cleaning&srchType=T OK, above, I post every 48 hours or so-per Craigslist rules. Jan 27th this guy shows up posting "Asphalt Roof Cleaning" and then changes to Mar PRESSURE/WASHING/ROOF/CLEANING! CHEAPEST/RATES! FREE/QUOTES! Plus just plain "Roof cleaning" he posted under both titles today March 26th. He absolutely is determined to take over all posting on the page! I don't get a lot of work from Craigslist, so I don't care A LOT - LOL When you go to the link above, check out how many posts he's made and then read the [ maybe 3rd? ] post down starting with "LESSON" Check out some of the other obvious anti-spam posts against him. This stuff is really bad! This is what happens when Roof Cleaners Go NUTS! LOL
Well, I have a different story. I have been in business since 1989 here in SW Florida. I learned to chemically clean roofs in the mid to late 90's. Up until then, I had about 6-8 years of pressure washing roofs. I KNOW that Gloeocapsa magma is a species of cyanobacteria and Cyanobacteria are an ancient line of photosynthesizing bacteria, which photolyze water generating oxygen gas. Ancient cyanobacteria were ancestral to the chloroplasts of all plants on earth and it most certainly does deteriorate shingled roofs! <P>Back then, if I had a roof with heavy streaks of GP, as I pressure washed the roof, unquestionably, more granules came off in the heavier infested streaks, than from the black areas in general.</P><P>ARMA is also wrong about the fact that cleaning the roof chemically, can only lighten it. Mine come out like new! Of course, ARMA is suggesting bleach, like Chlorox, which, when compared to fresh sodium hypochlorite from a Florida pool store is, 1st only 6-8% when manufactured and by the time it goes from factory to factory warehouse to distributor warehouse to a grocery store and then sits on the store shelf a month, it may be 2% ??</P><P> Pool SH is 10.5 to 13% if fresh. Stick your finger in Chlorox and then in fresh pool chlorine and you will feel all the difference in the world! ARMA and a few roofing manufacturers, have the right idea, but the wrong sodium hypochlorite! That's why they only see a lightening of the black roofs, instead of a like new clean! Of course, getting a like new, clean roof isn't the same for the ARMA - association for roofers--newly installed roof! $ Do I look like even in these short videos I'm just "lightening" these roofs? We all know that after they dry, they will look even better! After a rain-basically like new! https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=DPJOfv6DNSg https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=M_5YLMSrQ2o https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=U1H1R4CD0f8
That's what I do if I need to hire someone. I used this method finding someone to put up a fence some years ago. I used it when I found people who put up garage doors. I use it, if I need to hire an extra worker. You learn a lot!
I agree. To find a real roof cleaning pro-RCIA would be their very best route! I was just speaking of how the average person, with no knowledge of RCIA, would accomplish-for the most part- the same thing those "Lead Farms" like Angees list or Home Advizer could do for them, can be done for a fee-for free for themselves.
I see that companies like [ name changes for legal reasons ] Home Advizer and Angees List post "5 BEST ROOF CLEANING COMPANIES" and do so per town / city. Of course, either you, or the contractor have to pay them to be listed to get someone referred to you, so there's the middle man price added to each bid. I checked and it is time consuming and is NOT cheap to join them for a contractor! What these companies can do for you, you can do for yourself and save the extra $50 or so it would cost by using them-plus the aggravation of making out their lengthy, multi page applications, as a homeowner and then getting contacted by bidders from 100 miles away or more! - I know, I tried them twice each now :-) All you need to do that they do for you, is look up on Google - Roof Cleaning Port Charlotte - Or - Roof Cleaning Charlotte County - or - Roof Cleaning and your zip code - that finds you mostly local contractors. Then pick a couple that have a business name-license and insurance and preferably a website with pictures of their work and videos Like Me :-) Then, while your on Google, search their business name with REVIEWS in the search title and see what homeowners think of their work like- CHUCK BERGMAN ROOF CLEANING REVIEWS.
Then - if you want to really check them out, if they give a personal name - like my ads all say CHUCK BERGMAN - Put that name and their town / city along with the terms "Arrest" "Mug Shots" and see if they have been arrested recently! Also, put their phone number in a Google Search and see if there is much in the results-that can let you know some things, like how long they have actually been in business-is it really 20 years? - Are they actually just a handyman service, lawn service or window cleaning business, doing roof cleaning / pressure washing on the side "Jack Of All Trades-Master Of None" :-) Or worse yet! ====-- A Roofer advertising Roof Cleaning - when all he really wants is to get up on your roof and find some roof repairs or explain your roof is beyond cleaning and price out a new roof for you! THIS IS MORE COMMON THAN YOU MIGHT THINK!
Hope this helps you and I know it takes less time than filling out an application at any place like Angees Home Advzer and you will be able to choose a real local contractor and not pay the middle man - YOU ARE THE MIDDLE MAN! :-) I don't travel beyond 20 miles from El Jobean, Florida 33953 in any direction. Call 941-698-1959 THIS IS ME WORKING- For quicker time, watch the 1st 2 1/ minutes and then skip to 5:18 and watch the very end. - https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=0ok8NveADsU&video_referrer=watch
Hi Chris, I never got on the air bandwagon, but I know it's a better pump system than my 5 gpm Delavan system. I seldom use the TSP because I buy it retail and it's too expensive-besides too much bother. I'm glad you brought Gain to my attention though! THANKS!
What are you using as a roof mix and equipment? There have been popular surfactants-I used Ammonyx Lo for years, but had to drive over 100 miles to Tampa to get it. I tried everything else as it came out and then, as has happened to me many times-even though I have been cleaning roofs with no pressure since sometime in the mid to late 90's [ I'm guessing from some of my pictures I've run into, that were dated, that it's since about 1996 or so? Anyway, I learned from RCIA that GAIN dish liquid was compatible with SH, so that's what I've used ever since. Shingled roofs 30-35% SH and in my 100 gal mix tank about 44 oz of Gain-period. On tile, a 45-50% SH mix with 44-88 oz Gain and on very dirty, light colored roofs, about 15lb of TSP per 100 gal mix. I stuck with the Delavan 5gpm 12 volt delivery system, just because I'm almost 70 and too old to bother switching to air. My son is in the same business [ and now that he is largely recuperated from his fall in 2014 ] is working for me again-but mainly just pressure washing, or doing the lower portion of roofs from the ground. I do the rest. Anyway, he bought a double air delivery system = 2 compressors, 2 air pumps and carries 2 12 volt pumps for backup. HE LOVES THE AIR SYSTEM! However, they don't come cheap and after less than 2 years is on his 3rd pump and 2nd compressor-and that's about to meet it's maker! LOL How about you?
REMOVING MY 3 REMOTE CALL FORWARDING NUMBERS ON THIS AND OTHER POSTS. HERE'S WHY I NEED TO AND YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE YOU GET REMOTE #'s TOO!: Back in around 1990, when everyone used landline phones instead of cell phones-I learned about Remote Call Forwarding numbers. I got a local number for Venice-Sarasota area 483--A local number for Englewood area 474-- and a local number for Port Charlotte-Punta Gorda areas 255- Back then I advertised in all 3 areas, using a few different phone books, covering those areas. In all, I had like 5-7 different individual phone books at a time going. Having those local numbers for those town areas, made potential customers see me as a local, instead of out of towner. My home phone number is an oddball starting with 698 and only covers rural areas, the largest being Rotonda. Now, I physically can only work 2 days a week and then take 5 days to recuperate from the pain and tiredness. SO! To make a short story long LOL I don't advertise in any phone books now and haven't for like 10 years! Modern day people are used to hiring companies that run off of cell phone numbers, many of which are not even Florida numbers! Few of them would even know that these old numbers were local for them??? SO! LOL I am getting rid of all numbers except my home phone, which is what all the other numbers ring in to, the 698 number. POINT BEING I'm visiting old posts on all the forums I have posted on and removing the 3 "Remote" numbers. If I leave them and a potential customer dials them-after I eventually shut them down, they will get "DEE DAA DEE THE NUMBER YOU HAVE CALLED IS NO LONGER IN SERVICE" Chances are they will then assume I am out of business and call the next roof cleaner / pressure washer on their list! It's going to be an enormous undertaking, but it will save me 2 things-$130.00 a month phone bills and 3/4ths of the telemarketer calls I get! When they see all 4 of my numbers, they call all 3 !! That's my story. So, if you do get remote call forwarding numbers, be sure to make an accurate list of the websites you put them on, so you have the option the edit them out or, if editing is not possible, make a reply post saying "I am now using only 1 phone number ###-467-%%%% "
REMOVING MY 3 REMOTE CALL FORWARDING NUMBERS ON THIS AND OTHER POSTS. HERE'S WHY: Back in around 1990, when everyone used landline phones instead of cell phones-I learned about Remote Call Forwarding numbers. I got a local number for Venice-Sarasota area 483- A local number for Englewood area 474- and a local number for Port Charlotte-Punta Gorda areas 255- Back then I advertised in all 3 areas, using a few different phone books, covering those areas. In all, I had like 5-7 different individual phone books at a time going. Having those local numbers for those town areas, made potential customers see me as a local. My home phone number is an oddball starting with 698 and only covers rural areas, the largest being Rotonda. Now, I physically can only work 2 days a week and then take 5 days to recuperate from the pain and tiredness. SO! To make a short story long LOL I don't advertise in any phone books now and haven't for like 10 years! Modern day people are used to hiring companies that run off of cell phone numbers, many of which are not even Florida numbers! SO! LOL I am getting rid of all numbers except my home phone, which is what all the other numbers ring in to, the 698 number. POINT BEING I'm visiting old posts on all the forums I have posted on and removing the 3 "Remote" numbers. If I leave them and a potential customer dials them-after I eventually shut them dow, they will get "DEE DAA DEE THE NUMBER YOU HAVE CALLED IS NOT IN SERVICE" Chances are they will then assume I am out of business and call the next roof cleaner / pressure washer on their list! It's going to be an enormous undertaking, but it will save me 2 things-$130.00 a month and 3/4ths of the telemarketer calls! When they see all 4 of my numbers, they call all 3 !!
You are right Phillip, Chis is an outstanding person! I have been at RCIA since just about it's beginning. I think I was the 1st to become certified, which is why my avatar is the original certification certificate I have. Through the years, I have watched Chris help and help and help! There have been members who turned against him and did backbiting and Chris held his cool longer than any man but Jesus could! I still find on other forums people insulting him and it makes me mighty angry! In every case, I reply and try to put them in their place [ which is a place wayyyy below Chris! ] Sometimes, if I'm just visiting a site, I register, just so I can reply to anyone who tries putting him down. I'm not brown nosing-Chris and I have known each other far too long to need to do that. I simply feel this strongly! He has been a friend and helper to so many!!