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Soft-Wash Shingled Roof Cleaning. 33981, 33947, 34224, 33953, 33948, 33946, 34290 ETC

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by Bergman Pressure Cleaning, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. Bergman Pressure Cleaning

    Bergman Pressure Cleaning LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    PRESSURE WASHING SINCE 1989 IN CHARLOTTE & SARASOTA COUNTIES


    We are a father and son only business.


    I have pressure washed since 1978 and my son has worked with me continuously since 1994. Licensed and insured for Charlotte, Sarasota & Lee county.

    Below are a few pictures of some of our work.



    Englewood 941-474-8883

    Cape Haze, Placida, Rotonda 941-698-1959

    Venice, Nokomis, Osprey, S. Sarasota 941-483-3673

    Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, PGI 941-255-8600

    SEE SOME OF OUR RECENT JOB Photos

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27773239@N02/?saved=1
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    ROOF CLEANING DONE BY MANUFACTURER SPECIFICATIONS SINCE 1991
    ROOFING SHOULD NOT BE PRESSURE WASHED!


    Want to test a new "green" product on your roof? Pressure Wash it? Have a coating applied to it?
    Or instead, be safe and stick with the Manufacturer instructions?

    Below is the manufacturer "non-pressure" gentle dispersion and chemicals we use at



    Chuck Bergman Roof Cleaning.


    We know your roof is expensive and you probably don't want to have any new chemicals tested out on your roof?

    Non manufacturer cleaning methods may void your roofing warranty, according to the information in their links below, so we just clean them as the manufacturer says to. Then we get no lawsuits! :)



    The main manufacturer recommended chemical is bleach.

    Is bleach truly green and eco-friendly?


    Yes I would say it is. Chlorine bleach is Sodium Hypochlorite [look at the ingredients in your laundry bleach] and is made from common salt. It bio-degrades back into salt when it dries up.


    Bleach is chlorine and we all drink it in out tap water, soak in it in our showers and tubs and swim in it in our pools.


    AT LEAST WE ALL KNOW WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH, WHEN IT COMES TO CHLORINE. NOT SO WITH UNKNOWN CHEMICALS CALLED "GREEN"


    The only real danger from chlorine, is if an unqualified roof cleaner does not care for your plants, directly below an un-guttered roof edge, he can burn a line in your vegetation. We take professional precautions, before, during and after cleaning all roofs.


    HERE ARE THE FACTS FROM THE MANUFACTURERS ETC: Below are the only manufacturer suggested chemicals I have been able to find on any manufacturer website, bulletin, etc. Some 'alternative chemical users" claim "Approved" but do not supply manufacturer links to prove it.

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    From GAF Roofing Manufacturers about black algae removal:
    http://www.gaf.com/Documents/Algae_...of_Surfaces_-_Steep_Slope_Techn-43-808-v3.pdf

    Below is a partial "cut and paste" excerpt from the above link: GAF Roofing Manufacturers on how to clean a roof:


    "If a new roof is not an option, GAF recommends cleaning the roof with a special mixture. That mixture is: 4 gallons of water, 1 gallon of bleach and 1 cup of TSP" "What NOT To Do! Do not power wash the shingles to clean the shingles. Some roof cleaning companies offer this service. However, it is not recommended."

    From ARMA roofing manufacturers Association-how to clean roofing.
    http://www.asphaltroofing.org/pdf/tb_217.pdf

    Below is a partial excerpt cut and pasted below from ARMA:
    Algae discolorations to remove from roofing surfaces, applying a solution of chlorine bleach, trisodium phosphate, {TSP}and water. Solutions for these ingredients depend on the amount of discoloration. Solutions range to one cup TSP and 2.5 gallons each of bleach and water. First, gently disperse this solution on the roofing surface. Avoid scrubbing the surface, as this friction may loosen and remove granules. Caution! High pressure washing systems for algae removal should not be used.

    Owens Corning Roofing manufacturers says the same thing:
    "USE CHLORINE and TSP" "DO NOT USE A PRESSURE WASHER"
    Corning info in link below.
    http://webapps.easy2.com/cm2/flash/generic_index.asp?page_id=36077811

    This one from the ARMA says not to allow anyone to apply any

    *after coating*

    such as Algae-cides, Fungicides, or other treatments - not anything!
    http://www.asphaltroofing.org/pdf/tb_227.pdf

    SO, ROOFING MANUFACTURERS SPECIFY ONE PRODUCT TO CLEAN WITH - CHLORINE BLEACH. CHLORINE BLEACH. CHLORINE BLEACH.


    THEY SAY SPECIFICALLY NOT TO APPLY ANY COATINGS AT ALL AFTER CLEANING.


    NOW YOU HAVE VERIFIABLE FACTS WITH LINKS TO MAKE DECISIONS WITH. NOT JUST SALES TALKS!.


    Englewood 941-474-8883


    Cape Haze, Placida, Rotonda 941-698-1959


    Venice, Nokomis, Osprey, S. Sarasota 941-483-3673


    Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, PGI 941-255-8600


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    SEE SOME OF OUR RECENT JOBS
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27773239@N02/?saved=1 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    YOU WILL NOT HEAR A PRESSURE WASHING MACHINE START UP WHEN WE CLEAN YOUR ROOF. YOU WILL NOT GET THE "BUT WE TURN THE PRESSURE WAY DOWN" STORY


    We are certified roof cleaners, through the Roof Cleaning Institute of America. The RCIA is made up of professional roof cleaners, with a membership of aprox 2400.



    RCIA LINK: http://roof-cleaning-institute.activeboard.com/f523639/roof-cleaning-englewood-fl/


    SEE SOME OF OUR RECENT JOBS Below.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27773239@N02/?saved=1

    81 Pine Valley Pl.JPG

    RCIA-Cert Member2.jpg
     
  2. JCinNJ

    JCinNJ LawnSite Member
    Posts: 159

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but RCIA is the biggest joke in the roof cleaning industry. I have only had a few customers ask about "certification" and I explain whats it involves and send them to the RCIA web site/forum. The result is me winning the bid
     
  3. Roof Cleaning Raleigh  NC

    Roof Cleaning Raleigh NC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 67

    Hey JC, show just a little bit of class if you can. This post is for his SEO. He isn't asking for your opinion. If you make a promotional post I doubt if Chuck would come over and crap all over it!
     
  4. Bergman Pressure Cleaning

    Bergman Pressure Cleaning LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    There are about 2400 members at RCIA who would disagree with you.
    2400 to one are bad odds of you being correct.
    I'm sure that is your personal opinion because you still clean roofs by blasting them clean with a pressure washing machine, instead of following the roofing manufacturers guidelines of "DO NOT PRESSURE WASH".
    You have a right to your opinion, but you speak as though you represent every roof cleaner in existence. That's ridiculous of course.
    The RCIA follows these roofing manufacturers specifications, you should learn to clean roofs properly, before you make blatant, uninformed statements.
    ROOFING MANUFACTURERS SPECIFICATIONS:
    HERE ARE THE FACTS FROM THE MANUFACTURERS ETC:
    Below are the only manufacturer suggested chemicals I have been able to find on any roofing manufacturer website, bulletin, etc. Some *alternative chemical users* claim "Approved" but do not supply manufacturer links to prove it.
    The below info and links, prove how those who manufacture and warranty your roofing actually approve of cleaning them!

    __________________________________________________________________

    From GAF Roofing Manufacturers about black algae removal:
    http://www.gaf.com/Documents/Algae_...of_Surfaces_-_Steep_Slope_Techn-43-808-v3.pdf

    Below is a partial "cut and paste" excerpt from the above link: GAF Roofing Manufacturers, on how to clean a roof:


    "If a new roof is not an option, GAF recommends cleaning the roof with a special mixture. That mixture is: 4 gallons of water, 1 gallon of bleach and 1 cup of TSP" "What NOT To Do! Do not power wash the shingles to clean the shingles. Some roof cleaning companies offer this service. However, it is not recommended."

    From ARMA roofing manufacturers Association-how to clean roofing.
    http://www.asphaltroofing.org/pdf/tb_217.pdf

    Below is a partial excerpt cut and pasted below from ARMA:
    Algae discolorations to remove from roofing surfaces, applying a solution of chlorine bleach, trisodium phosphate, {TSP}and water. Solutions for these ingredients depend on the amount of discoloration. Solutions range to one cup TSP and 2.5 gallons each of bleach and water. First, gently disperse this solution on the roofing surface. Avoid scrubbing the surface, as this friction may loosen and remove granules. Caution! High pressure washing systems for algae removal should not be used.

    Owens Corning Roofing Manufacturers say
    the same thing:
    "USE CHLORINE and TSP" "DO NOT USE A PRESSURE WASHER"

    Corning info in link below.
    http://webapps.easy2.com/cm2/flash/generic_index.asp?page_id=36077811


    This one, from the ARMA, says not to allow anyone to apply any

    *after coating*

    such as Algae-cides, Fungicides, zinc, copper, or other treatments - not anything!
    http://www.asphaltroofing.org/pdf/tb_227.pdf

    SO, ROOFING MANUFACTURERS SPECIFY ONE PRODUCT TO CLEAN WITH - CHLORINE BLEACH. CHLORINE BLEACH.


    THEY SAY SPECIFICALLY NOT TO APPLY ANY COATINGS AT ALL AFTER CLEANING.


    NOW YOU HAVE VERIFIABLE FACTS WITH LINKS TO MAKE DECISIONS WITH. NOT JUST SALES TALKS!.

    If you would like your roof cleaned by the above manufacturer specifications, please give us a call!





    Englewood 941-474-8883


    Cape Haze, Placida, Rotonda 941-698-1959


    Venice, Nokomis, Osprey, S. Sarasota 941-483-3673


    Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, PGI 941-255-8600

    VISIT MY WEBSITE - http://www.bergmanpressurewashing.com/
     
  5. A to Z Roof Cleaning

    A to Z Roof Cleaning LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

  6. Bergman Pressure Cleaning

    Bergman Pressure Cleaning LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    thanks! :)
     
  7. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 532

    How is RCIA a great organization? This isn't a negative post, I am truly curious.
     
  8. Bergman Pressure Cleaning

    Bergman Pressure Cleaning LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    Sure! That's a reasonable question.
    First of all, I believe it was among the 1st sites / forums, that taught how to clean roofs as specified by the ARMA, instead of power washing roofing.
    I started out here just pressure washing in 1989 and knew of no other way to clean roofs. The pressure cleaned the roofs, but of course it blasted a lot of granules off of the shingles. On tile, it gradually removes any glazing and then as the slurry coating chalks and it's pressure cleaned again, it begins to "pale" the color, eventually removing some of the coating completely. It also blows out pieces of the cement edging holding the roof caps in.
    I saw these things, but didn't know of any other way to clean roofs. I did learn to chemically clean roofs the ARMA way before finding RCIA, but I learned a lot of tips and tricks there, that enhance my workmanship.
    The owner- Chris Tucker, truly is a nice guy, looking to help new guys learn to clean roofs gently.
     
  9. Bergman Pressure Cleaning

    Bergman Pressure Cleaning LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    In these videos from 2013 and 2014, my son and I are working Charlotte and Sarasota County Roof Cleaning jobs. We pressure wash everything except roofs, as we feel that power washing roofs is just too hard on the roofing surfaces. On shingles, it's a major granular loss each time and on tile, it's the degradation of any glazed finish the tiles came with and it also causes pitting / etching along with blowing pieces of the cement along the ridge caps off into space.
    That's how we feel, after my being in business here in Charlotte and Sarasota Counties since 1989 and my son has worked steady with me since 1994.
    Anyway, here are a few of my videos, all were in one of these zip codes:
    33981,33947,33946,33953,33987,33993,33948,34224,34223,33952,33954,
    34293,34287
    941-698-1959

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERuqsJh0QZw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwnvITz-G8Q

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnSa0-jDjBo
     
  10. Bergman Pressure Cleaning

    Bergman Pressure Cleaning LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

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