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    Here's a roof I cleaned last week. Easy money with the proper equipment




    There's a few spots that I need to touch up but you can see the difference.

    I also forgot the after shot and just took it. I'll get a better one in the full sun.
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    what do you call proper equipment?
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    Looks good! When you gonna get that fence?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OLD HAT View Post
    what do you call proper equipment?
    proper equipment is what I call something that takes me from 3hrs to clean approx. 1800sf roof down to under an hour with the same results for the same $$$

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    Looks good! When you gonna get that fence?
    I've gotten lazy these days and try to stay away from wood refinishing. It's just not that common down here as it is elsewhere. That fence could use a good clean, neutralizing and stain though.
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    They need fireplaces in Florida?

    Just like they need a hat and gloves...

    When I lived in Miami we didnt even have heat in our house. We had one wall unit that was suppose to heat the whole house. I didnt even know what winter gloves were for.

    BTW the roof looks nice.
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    you'd be surprised on the amount of houses w/fireplaces. I'd have to say most of the spec houses I do have fireplaces.
    I even have one but it's electric. Push the button and I get a visual fire, push it again and the blower turns on low, 3rd time, blower is on high.
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    My aunt and uncle have one of those elec. fireplaces. It looks amazingly real I want to get into it and really look it over to see how it works.
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    Scott, one of my employees told me today he wanted to clean his roof. He said he wasn't sure how to go about it.


    I mentioned to him that I would ask you and find out.


    What sized pressure washer? Chemicals?


    He said his roof is a light gray color but didn't actually tell me what was on it that needed cleaning. He said the roof is about 8 yrs old (he thinks).


    What's the easiest method? I don't think he will be worried about getting it spotless like your photos.



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    This is probably a dumb question, but how does pressure washing asphalt shingles not hurt them???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaper-S2k View Post
    Scott, one of my employees told me today he wanted to clean his roof. He said he wasn't sure how to go about it.


    I mentioned to him that I would ask you and find out.


    What sized pressure washer? Chemicals?


    He said his roof is a light gray color but didn't actually tell me what was on it that needed cleaning. He said the roof is about 8 yrs old (he thinks).


    What's the easiest method? I don't think he will be worried about getting it spotless like your photos.



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    NO pressure washer needed. But if you did, I use a small one to keep the runoff to a minimum. Now I use a delavan pump which is basically a no pressure way to wash your roof.

    On an 1800 sf roof, I use about 20 gallons of pool chlorine (12%) and 20 gallons water and some surfactant, dish soap. If he doesn't want to buy a pump, he could use a backpack sprayer but it would take a while toting 40gallons of solution up/down the ladder by way of 3 gallon bp. He could use a very small pw'er but then I'd use straight chlorine and soap because it'll be diluted pretty good through the downstreamer.
    Basically he has to find a way to get the chemical on the roof w/o run off, or at least keep it to a minimum. Tell him he'd need a ground guy to keep the downspouts and shrubs watered and rinsed off.
    If you don't have access to 12% liquid chlorine, he can use household bleach which is about 1/2 the strength.
    Then rinse with water hose w/about 10-15 dwell time.
    ALSO I CAN'T STRESS ENOUGH ABOUT SAFETY. THE ROOF WILL BE SLICK, SUPER SLICK! So start on a far corner, then work your way out on the dry part. AND IF THE GUY HAS ACCESS TO A RESPIRATOR, WEAR IT. If not, he should at least have some sort of mask.


    Some guys mix some borax and TSP with the chlorine/water. Some also mix some kinda scent that tries to mask the chlorine.

    Now as far as being spotless, I had to spot treat that roof twice after the initial. It's not hard, just respray. He'll be amazed how how clean it comes with minimal effort.
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