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Hello everyone, these final questions from a member in a message to me I decided to post here, so we can all provide some answers for him.

Here is the entire message thread, in the hopes it will help other newcomers to the roof cleaning business. We need only answer his last questions, in bold type.

 

 

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JRA  

Hi Chris, I was just reading about your first rig 20 years ago. That was a a great story. I have been researching roof cleaning on and off for years now and everytime I look for info I run into a lot of your stuff. I'm a full time firefighter and I want to start my own bussiness on the side, not to get rich but to keep my wife at home raising the kids.She is a nurse. But I also want to do it right. I read about companys that sell full rigs and train you but the price seems like a lot for what it is. And I read somewhere else were you advise someone to build their own and not pay a ton of money for the overprize rig. Bottom line is I'm ready to take my first step. I'm also in Valrico and I promise not to get in your way. LOL. I have about 5k to start. If you could point me towards a good beginner set up I'll appreciate it a lot. And the other thing that I have not been able to find is how much to charge. I know every job is different but There should be range for a typical home in a typical neighborhood. Thanks in advance.

 

Jose Alvarado

May 7th
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call Lori at pressure washer products over in clearwater area, she will set you all up cheaply and correctly, for your budget.

My number is 813 655 8777

Chris

May 8th
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Thank you Chris for the quick answer. I just realized you replied within two minutes. I checked their website out and will be contacting Lori soon. Can't believe Their company never came up on web searches until I typed up the name. Thanks again. 

May 8th
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ur welcome my friend! Tell Lori you are RCIA Member, ask for discount! 

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Hi Chris, its been three weeks since you helped me get going. I'm now set up with 3/8 all flo. I went the air pump route with a 6.5 Honda on a Mi-t-m compressor. 200' of 1/2" kuritec. I went cheap on a tank so I could put more money in other areas and I got a 275 gal. tote. I have a few simple questions. Instead of getting a bunch of answers I rather get this from you and once I have a couple of roofs under my belt i'll start posting to everyone else.

 

How much mix for the average 2000 sq roof? 100 gallons? what size tip on my trigger gun?

rinse or no rinse? or sometimes?

Fascia? is that included on the roof clean?

and last, for now, does RCIA have a sample invoice? I'm kind of lost on this one.

 

Thanks again brother. This forum and you have been a huge confidence booster.



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Ok. So I kept digging and digging and found answers to the fascia and invoice.

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JRA wrote:

Ok. So I kept digging and digging and found answers to the fascia and invoice.


 We always clean at least the front fascia with every roof cleaning, or we find it spoils the job. 



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With proper control of flow and depending on severity of roof mold and how many applications it will take for the worst spots,... you should be at 35-45 gallons per roof. Spray down the roof about 3/4 of the way and let the flow cover the bottom 1/4 of the roof. This provides a conservative use of mix and also helps control runoff with regard to protecting vegetation.

Best mix is still the original,..S H- TSP and Water. Other mixes do and will work, but this is still the best,..especially on gray shingles.

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Got it. Thanks a lot Jeff.

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Raystown Roof Cleaning Central PA 1-800-236-0322 wrote:

With proper control of flow and depending on severity of roof mold and how many applications it will take for the worst spots,... you should be at 35-45 gallons per roof. Spray down the roof about 3/4 of the way and let the flow cover the bottom 1/4 of the roof. This provides a conservative use of mix and also helps control runoff with regard to protecting vegetation.

Best mix is still the original,..S H- TSP and Water. Other mixes do and will work, but this is still the best,..especially on gray shingles.

Jeff


 Absolutely !

 



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You mean Forg*t - and - w*t is not the best roof cleaning solution?...LOL



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In Florida we charge around 10 to 15 cents per Sq ft for tile roof cleaning.

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Thats it? I thought that was the price for shingles and tile was a little more. Thanks for the info.

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JRA wrote:

Thats it? I thought that was the price for shingles and tile was a little more. Thanks for the info.


 He is down in Miami, but around here we charge 15 to 20 cents a sq ft for shingle roofs, and 25 to 30 cents a sq ft for tile.

 

 



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Ok. So I was right. Thanks again Chris.

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JRA wrote:

Ok. So I was right. Thanks again Chris.


 You are very welcome my friend biggrin



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Like JRA, i'm very new to the roof cleaning business. I have learned a ton from your guys' forums. I cleaned my first roof yesterday and don't see signs of killing any plant life, yet. ha.

i just wanted to thank you guys for the info and years of experience and knowledge. I would not have started this without you guys.

I believe i'm the only person doing this in Mississippi right now, hopefully it stays that way for a while.

Regards,
Casey


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what is the rates you use in this mix?

how much TSP-SH-Water in a 100 gallon mix?



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Leon Lapp wrote:

what is the rates you use in this mix?

how much TSP-SH-Water in a 100 gallon mix?


 All that is required to clean any roof is just SH and water, no soaps of any kind are really "needed".  However, some feel the addition of a soap makes for a nicer looking final product.

TSP is a very powerful cleaner, and if using it, add from 2 to 4 ounces per gallon of mix. 



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