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Woodytwin wrote:

I wish that I could help with the link Charles but I too, am at a loss there.  I agree that the file should be tamper proof. 

With my limited knowledge of computers and what-not, I am only assuming that a pdf is tamper proof...?



PDFs are tamper proof in the sense that someone using Adobe Reader (or a similar reading program) will not be able to change the text.  Someone using Adobe Professional (or a similar editing program) would be able to change the text, assuming it's a well-formed PDF.  This is different than sending out a Word document where anyone and everyone could edit it easily.

If the PDF is not actual text but an image (think of a screenshot), then even someone with Adobe Professional wouldn't be able to change the text.  They would, however, be able to cover up text with a white block and write in new text, like you might if you were forging a document using a copier.

Of course, if someone's going through all that trouble, there's no real way for the RCIA to stop them, except for legal action.  So basically any of these http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=free%20export%20to%20pdf should work; I might recommend doing it up RCIA-style in Microsoft Word, installing CutePDF writer http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp , and then printing to "PDF" from there.  Ta da, instant PDF.  Yes, it's really as easy as writing it in Word and hitting Print.  Now you know!  smile

 



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chris/guys,

may i attach this to my website? how do i do that?

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Roof Cleaning Pro Greensboro NC (336)362 7659 wrote:

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RCIA - TECHNICAL BULLETIN


What you should know about cleaning your roof.
DON'T REPLACE IT..CLEAN IT!!


Your house is most likely your biggest investment and your roof is one of the most expensive parts of your house. It is extremely important to have the utmost in confidence in your decision before hiring a qualified roof cleaning contractor.

Certified Roof Cleaning Institute of America roof cleaning contractors only use chemicals approved by the ARMA and shingle manufacturers and do not use pressure on asphalt shingles. RCIA roof cleaning contractors also provide our customers with technical bulletins directly from www.asphaltroofing.org and shingle manufacturers to prove that our procedures and chemicals are properly formulated for roof cleaning. Our chemicals provide enough cleaning power to remove all mold, mildew, and streaks...without pressure washing or heavy rinsing.

RCIA contractors provide a 100% Guarantee your roof will look like new again!"

Pressure washing is not recommended because it will remove a large amount of the ceramic coated granules from your shingles, which will void the warranty. Even low pressure will cause granule loss and shorten the life of your shingles. If you have ever cleaned out the inside of your gutters you will notice granules in them just from the rain taking them off. Think what any additional pressure would do to your roof.

For instance, you see someone cleaning a roof with so-called "low" pressure and biodegradable chemicals and it appears they have done a good job just because the streaks and discoloration are gone, but guess what? So is a large amount of the protective ceramic coated granules which insures the shingle's warranty.
The roof will no longer have the original 20-30 year warranty the customer paid for. Thousands of dollars are spent each year replacing and repairing damage caused by under skilled operators and companies who over sold their knowledge and capabilities.

Depending on how corrosive the chemicals they were using and the amount of pressure was applied to the shingles, a 20-30 year warranty roof may only have enough ceramic coated granules to last 5-15 years.  There is no telling how much damage they have done until 5-15 years later the roof has deteriorated prematurely and must be replaced MUCH MUCH sooner than it should have.  Make sure your roof's warranty will not be compromised by hiring a qualified professional who really knows what they are doing, has references, the proper documents from the RCIA, ARMA, and shingles manufacturers to PROVE it.

Always use a 'chemical only' cleaning process for your roof. Roof cleaning is a completely different trade from pressure washing requiring different pumps, plumbing, hoses, nozzles, valves, chemicals, caution, knowledge, experience, skill, and insurance. The certified RCIA roof cleaners have all of the necessary tools, and have learned from the best roof cleaning professionals in the country.  www.saferoofcleaning.com

Make sure you know what kinds of chemicals are being applied on your property.

1) Do not accept "it's biodegradable" for an answer.
Even uranium is biodegradable over 50,000 years or so.

Because many "competitors" lack our roof cleaning equipment, knowledge, training, and experience, they sometimes apply a dangerously strong chemical solution. Sodium Hydroxide and Potassium Hydroxide will dissolve the asphalt and tar on your roof, shortening the life of your shingles and voiding the roof's warranty. Even sodium metasilicate is too corrosive.  Products containing sodium percarbonate (oxygenated bleach) are ineffective and will not remove streaks without pressure.

2) Do not accept "we use low pressure" for an answer.
What exactly do they mean by low pressure?  500-1000psi is too much and will blast off
too many granules.  Any more pressure than 100psi is excessive.

If the company you are asking whether or not they use a pressure washer and they say, "Yes, but it's very low-low pressure"  It's only 500-1000psi and it won't damage your roof.  We can not stress enough to all home owners who have asphalt shingle roofs to avoid hiring companies who use any pressure at all.  A chemical only, NO pressure system is the best, safest, most efficient, longest lasting way to go.

Roof cleaning companies who "low" pressure wash roofs may have not had any complaints from the BBB for years, but it's only a matter of time when one of the roofs they have pressure washed will have to be replaced much sooner than the warranty expires. A more attractive lower price will actually be more expensive in the long run.

Gadgets like water brooms, roof gitters,
pitch witches, and surface cleaners

all operate from a pressure washer &
will all cause more harm than good.

Our chemicals do all of the work to remove streaks and discoloration from your roof and require no pressure or heavy rinsing. Because we do not have to rinse, your roof will stay cleaner longer than our competitors. Leaving the chemicals on the roof creates a roof treatment or a hostile environment for future algae growth. Each time it rains, a small amount of chemical is washed off to help re-clean your roof over and over again.

Contractors using RCIA and ARMA certified methods normally provide a warranty ranging from 1 to 4 years depending on environmental conditions against algae regrowth on your roof. The more humid and warmer the climate, the more favorable the growing conditions for algae are, thus the warranty period is shorter than in colder, drier climates."

Concerned about your plants, pets, and landscaping?

We only spray the roof, not your plants. We always bag the ends of your downspouts, collect all the chemical run-off from the roof and dispose of them away from your landscaping. If the roof does not have gutters we will thoroughly dilute the roof cleaning chemical down to safe levels by spraying the landscaping with water before, during, and after applying chemical. After the chemical biodegrades and evaporates from the roof, the dried crystals and surfactant act as a roof treatment to keep the roof cleaner longer as it rains.


The rain actually does a better job of rinsing than if you tried to rinse it yourself because the rain is slightly acidic with of PH of 5.6. Our roof cleaning chemical has a PH of 11 and most city water supplies have a PH of 8. The rain helps reactivate the chemical at a lower ph, which gives the roof a secondary cleaning, neutralizes the chemicals better, and aids in disinfecting the mold and mildew embedded in the shingles even further. The rain does a much more thorough job, giving your roof a much longer lasting cleaning.

RCIA contractors have had to go behind many competitors who use chemicals NOT approved by the ARMA or shingle manufacturers or use no chemicals and pressure wash or rinse their customer's roofs, which start growing mold and streaks much sooner than our customer's roofs.

We guarantee our roof cleaning will outlast our competitors!

The price of cleaning your roof vs. replacing it, averages 1/10 the cost!

IT DOESN'T COST, IT PAYS TO CLEAN YOUR ROOF!

SAVE YOURSELF $$ THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS $$ !!!

Call us or visit the RCIA activeboard online if you have more questions.


http://roof-cleaning-institute.activeboard.com/index.spark

ARMA Technical bulletin
http://www.asphaltroofing.org/pdf/tb_217.pdf

GAF Technical bulletins
http://www.gaf.com/Content/Documents/22710.pdf

http://www.gaf.com/Content/Documents/111115.pdf

www.roofcleaningchemicals.com




-- Edited by Roof Cleaning Pro Greensboro NC (336)362 7659 on Monday 1st of March 2010 08:01:04 PM

Hello,

The two GAF links above seem to be no longer valid. Could someone direct me to where they originally went? They currently go to a link not found.

Thanks,

 



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http://www.gaf.com/Documents/Steep-SlopeTechnicalPointsObservations-TechnicalPointsObservations-474-473-5009.pdf

Here's one of them.

I also changed one of the lines.

We guarantee our roof cleaning jobs will outlast anyone not following these guidelines!


Your competitors may actually start to wise up and do some research and figure out how to clean roofs properly, so I changed it.


-- Edited by Roof Cleaning Pro Greensboro NC (336)362 7659 on Monday 29th of March 2010 10:15:17 AM

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Here it is all pdf'ed for your protection wink 



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Thankyou Bob Jr and Mike

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I like the pillars logo, looks classy & professional. I also like the regular 1 with the masked man sprayin the roof. Maybe I'm just American and am fond of red,white&blue logos.

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So did I miss it or do we still need a technical bulletin for tile roofs?

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I like the pillar one myself, its prestigious and has a bold look. It symbolizes togetherness and portrays trust for the men and women who belong to this forum. It gives us the reconition of being part of something bigger,something that inspires us to continue or education through this site and be our best.

The only thing missing is the Texas flag....lol gotta be from here

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That was well stated.


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Thanks guys I really appreciate all the info you share I have been learning so much of this trade

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Bill this should be one that is sticky were it would be at the top ever page in it own thread group.

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Good call, It is done.

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No problem Bill something this good should be at the top.

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Thank you to all the RCIA paid members who have spent many hours in developing the RCIA - Technical Bulletin for all of us to use in our marketing programs.  Things like this help justify the value of being a paid member to this roof cleaning industry organization. 

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I think the Technical Bulletin is a good idea... I've taken the liberty of laying it out in a news print format, included the RCIA logo and added a form area at the bottom so you can add your company's name to it. I have mine printed on the front and back of one sheet of paper.

Feel free to use it if you like as an alternative to the original. See attached (pdf file)

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I would like to see a PDF bulletin that's just about cleaning roofs. 90% of mine are tile.
The damage to a shingled roof is obvious-loss of granules.
To tile, it's loss of glazing-if it's a glazed tile roof. Loss of ridge cap cement pieces [they are always cracked up in a million places and pressure washing sends the pieces off into space!
Cracking tiles: Pressure washing a tile roof requires the worker to step on basically every tile on the roof, while we can do a 10' x 15' area from 1 spot or from a ladder and not even walk on it! Also, if not glazed, the most tile roofs are not colored cement, but slurry coated [painted] gray cement.
Pressure washing makes these painted tiles look paler and begins the breakdown process of the roofs coloring, ending in 1/4 of the roof having bare gray cement showing.
I think any bulletin from RCIA [ a national org ] should not be just about shingles?
I feel like crap and I'm in a rotten mood, so I hope it doesn't show too much? LOL

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Good call Chuck.
Pressure washing removes the glazed/painted surface of the tile which protects it. Once bacteria, moss and lichen can get to the porous interior of the tile it degrades quickly.

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Bergman Roof Cleaning Port Charlotte FL 941-698-1959 wrote:

I would like to see a PDF bulletin that's just about cleaning roofs. 90% of mine are tile.
The damage to a shingled roof is obvious-loss of granules.
To tile, it's loss of glazing-if it's a glazed tile roof. Loss of ridge cap cement pieces [they are always cracked up in a million places and pressure washing sends the pieces off into space!
Cracking tiles: Pressure washing a tile roof requires the worker to step on basically every tile on the roof, while we can do a 10' x 15' area from 1 spot or from a ladder and not even walk on it! Also, if not glazed, the most tile roofs are not colored cement, but slurry coated [painted] gray cement.
Pressure washing makes these painted tiles look paler and begins the breakdown process of the roofs coloring, ending in 1/4 of the roof having bare gray cement showing.
I think any bulletin from RCIA [ a national org ] should not be just about shingles?
I feel like crap and I'm in a rotten mood, so I hope it doesn't show too much? LOL


 Yes Chuck, since you guys down in Florida have tile roofs, Chris w/ Apple Roof Cleaning or someone from Florida should write one. 

 

I don't have tile roof in NC or rarely see them, so I will leave the roof cleaning tile technical bulletin for the Florida guys.



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