If they were highly recommended, use that company!

Well once again, it has been a year since my last blog. Similar with many, family life, business, social life and life in general get the best of your time as time is precious!

Today, I have some extra time for a blog since the rains moved in and we cannot clean roofs in the rain. The reason for this blog is it has come to my attention that there has been a 40% increase in fly by night low ball companies that have come in town and they are doing sub par work for obviously low prices well below market value. How I have figured this out is I have done in the last 3 months 27 homes that were previously cleaned by these “lowball cut throat” cleaners all over Central Florida. These issues were mainly roofs that were botched cleanings, exteriors that they missed many areas, gutters that were supposed to be cleaned out and cleared but they just took off the visible layer and left the rest, screen enclosures that were cleaned without any kind of cleaning solution, most of all dead plants and landscape everywhere etc.. we were contacted by these home and business owners because the companies that did the work would not respond to their complaints and during web searches they came across us. Lots of questions! They told me things that I could not believe that anyone would actually do to someone. In a nut shell, they took the money and ran.

Now! As the title says, if someone refers a company. Use them!

I get a lot of calls, A LOT! Majority of the calls are repeats and referrals with new customers added in there here and there that have found us organically. Well, I have noticed in the last 2 years that many of the emails or calls I receive that are referrals from people who “Highly Recommended” me went with someone else. When I ask why, they all tell me the same thing. I am too expensive, just for your information I am not too expensive, the other company is just desperate and cheap not to mention they are the usual (unlicensed and uninsured) . That is where the 27 homes and or business’ in the last 3 months had the botched cleaning jobs and the thing I hear most is ” we should have used you in the first place” now they paid twice to get it done right. I cut them a break of course, I felt bad for these people because it does cost money, hard earned money at that to have someone rip you off. I have been ripped off before and it simply put, sucks! I did however gain another repeat customer each time. I have built my business over the last decade and a half by being upfront and honest with everyone and not cutting corners or other legit competitors throats. You cannot survive or stay in business as long as we have by being shady. We are a tad bit more expensive than some others mainly because we carry more liability than others and we have exponentially more experience. There is a saying I love, “if you think it’s expensive hiring a professional, wait til you hire an amature” meaning the rookie will cost you more in the long run.

I have now seen hundreds come and go, people who think since they have a tank, pressure washer, flyers, and a ladder with some hoses and call themselves “pros” when they actually have never done this line of work before and have no clue what they are doing, I learned from working for a large company for years everything I needed to know, on top of all the stuff I have learned since then. I make it look easy and simple, I do this every day so it is second nature to me, that is why. There is a lot more to this line of work than you may think. There is a lot of liability, we are on roofs a lot, being experienced walking on roofs without damaging them and without getting injured as well, knowing what to look out and look for on exterior surfaces, it is a lot of work to keep landscape safe and without damaging it in which we pride ourselves and we are well known for not having landscape damage. Yes, over the last 15 years we have had one here and there and we fixed it right away, no questions asked and no excuses, it is part of it.

So the conclusion to this is, if someone refers or highly recommends a certain company it is advised that you use them regardless of price. You cannot put a price on peace of mind and knowing for sure that you will get platinum service instead of taking a gamble to save a few bucks, it may just come back and bite you.

check out my website at    roof cleaning, roof cleaning orlando, florida roof cleaning, orlando pressure washing, orlando pressure cleaning  http://www.tropicalroofandexterior.com    for more information

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Protecting you and protecting your home investment with Tropical Roof and Exterior Cleaning Systems

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Well it has been a few long years since I last posted a blog, our company has grown exponentially and we have over 2500 clients and my family has also grown by one more with our son River which we are very blessed to have him and our wonderful daughter Madison who is already 6 years old now!

I have been meaning to log in and write, and with business being as busy as it has been plus daily life, family life, my passion for the outdoors and my professional fishing career it has been put on the back burner for a long time.

This blog is going to be about being careful on who you are hiring. Plus the steps you need to take to look up a company to see if they are licensed, insured, registered, criminal background checks and tips to help you detect a non registered company or entity trying to get your business. Plus the consequences you could face if you do hire these types of (fly by nighters) or (industry gypsys)

The first red flag in any case is a “super low price” anyone willing to do a job for half price of all other competitors is almost 99.9% a fly by night guy. The reason the price is so low is so you will not even question if they are licensed and insured. For many home owners who are on a budget they look past that part and say go ahead and do it. If the job is a half ass poor quality job the attitude from the homeowner is “well we didn’t pay much so no biggie” or ” it was a horrible job and I want it fixed!” but once that fly by night guy has your money all bets are off, you will never see him or hear from him or her again. 

Another huge red flag is what we call not adding up! What I mean is you for instance google roof cleaning and a few sites pop up and one of the names for instance is miraclexteriorcleaning.net but when you click on the site it says John Smiths Roof Cleaning, you call him and he gives you the deal of a lifetime almost less than half of what all other companies have told you usually an even price like 200 bucks or 400 bucks. Beware!! This is where looking them up easily from your mobile device or desktop computer will take less than 5 minutes before you say yes and is very important. NOTE: There are companies who are legit and offer super low prices but the experience and quality they lack plus they have sub par insurance and no way they have workers comp for those rates so if they get hurt on your property it is now your responsibility to pay their medical bills!!! Now here is the fastest way to look up a business. Go to http://www.sunbiz.org and search either: name of registered agent or search name of company or entity and there you will either see no results found. That means they are not a legit business or if you do see them it can either say (act) means active or (inact) means inactive which shows they are no longer in business anymore and have not paid the state for a license which in turn makes them ineligible for getting general liability insurance and workers comp. Sometimes these guys try to be slick and use another person or company’s insurance papers to claim they are insured. The name that is on the insurance certificate is the only name that will be covered just so you know. 

The third red flag is a company who uses a name like John Smith’s Roof cleaning and when you ask who to make the check to? They say John Smith. They cash the check at your bank and no one will even question it. Or they take only cash and if they take all major credit cards it usually is to a paypal account which you never need a business license for that or they have a friend or family member who takes charge cards and they take a fee off the top to run it. The fly by night guy does not have to pay income taxes, employment taxes, general liability insurance, workers comp premiums which are a big overhead cost that I along with other legit business’ pay for for your protection and mine.

Another very helpful tip to screen who is going to clean your home and be on your property. You can easily go to http://www.mugshots.com and enter the name of the person who is going to enter your property and see for no cost if they are a career criminal and see what charges they have been convicted of. Not all of those who have a bump with the law once or twice is a concern but if they have been arrested over and over several times and have been incarcerated for drugs, sex crimes, violence and theft numerous times within the last few years over a span of several years it is probably wise to look on to hiring someone else. I believe in second chances, I was given one when I was very young and never got into trouble again. But when you have a career criminal on your property you just never know what may happen.

So do a little research. It only takes a few minutes with technology these days. Google is a very helpful key today that helps save time and the hassle of getting stiffed for your money or worse getting sued by someone that gets hurt on your property because you were trying to save a few bucks.

A true professional licensed, insured and certified roof and exterior cleaning company that is either a multi truck operation or an owner operated independent cleaning contractor such as I am will always take pride in their work and take care of your home as if it were ours. We will provide valid documents and referrals as well as show professional work ethic. It is our reputation that puts a roof over our heads and food on the table for our families. We risk our lives everyday too, to clean your home especially your roof. 

Thank you for reading and I hope this blog helps with your decisions on who to hire to care for your homes curb appeal.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey H Worth

President Tropical Roof and Exterior Cleaning Systems LLC since 1999

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Orlando Roof Cleaning and Pressure Washing Services

Orlando Safe Non Pressure Roof Cleaning, Pressure Washing, Tile Roof Repaints and Restoration, Screen Enclosure Cleaning, Pool Deck Cleaning, Pool Deck Painting and Sealing, Paver Sealing, Exterior Cleaning, Full Service Gutter Cleaning, Driveway and Sidewalk Cleaning for Residential and Commercial Clients since 1998. Visit our website at www.tropicalroofandexterior.com give us a call at 407-415-3419 and like us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Tropical-Roof-and-Exterior-Cleaning-Systems/142182342502994 for a “FREE NO OBLIGATION ESTIMATE” and we can give most homeowners and business owners an exact price in less than 5 minutes over the phone.

I first want to say belated “Happy New Year” and I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.

This is the first post I have made since November 29th due to being super busy on into the first 2 weeks of 2012. We did a lot of non profit work for some people and business’ that we had to postpone until now.  Our last quarter in 2011 was great and I want to thank all of our new and repeat customers for thier business over the last several years.

New for Tropical in 2012, we will now be performing pool services upon me getting my CPO license or Certified Pool Operator Lic. Also, Jamie Gillespie will be back from up north in April so we can get our interior and exterior painting back on the go I just never have time to paint since Blaine and I stay steadily busy with cleaning jobs and paver seals however Blaine will be going to the sales side and Edmundo will become a full time tech.

So again HAPPY NEW YEAR and make it great one too!

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Orlando Roof Cleaning | Orlando Pressure Washing

Safe Non Pressure Roof Cleaning and Pressure Washing by, Tropical Roof and Exterior Cleaning Systems… Cleaning all Residential and Commercial properties and all surfaces safely without damage to paint, plants, pets or people. No mess left behind ever.

For a Free Roof Cleaning Quote call 407-415-3419 or visit our very informative site at www.tropicalroofandexterior.com you can also visit and like our daily updated Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Tropical-Roof-and-Exterior-Cleaning-Systems/142182342502994 just add a like if you like our work.

I found an article today that was presented to everyone at the RCIA from Chris Tucker a friend from Tampa and owner of Apple Roof Cleaning. This is for everyone who wanted to know if Chlorine / Sodium Hypochlorite is safe for people, pets and plants as well as the environment and roofs. Note: All major and non major roofing manufacturers recommend the CORRECT use of chlorine bleach as the base chemical for cleaning roofs just FYI!

Here isthe article as a copy and paste from the RCIA website.

Here is the low down on Sodium Hypochlorite.

Human and Environmental Safety

During the last few years there has been a concerted effort to investigate and assess the human and environmental safety aspects of sodium hypochlorite. An extensive review of the literature has been undertaken by many investigators and the conclusions drawn are that sodium hypochlorite is safe for humans and the environment.

 

Depending on the concentration involved, hypochlorite solutions can be classified as either irritant or corrosive and appropriate precautions should be taken when using the product, carefully reading the label, adhering to cautionary warnings and following usage directions. Particular attention must be paid to not mixing with other products, such as toilet bowl cleaners, rust removers, ammonia or acids. Although skin and mucous membrane irritation can occur when the exposure concentration is greater than 5%, these effects are reversible. The overall safety of sodium hypochlorite is further documented by reports from poison control centres in North America and Europe which show no major health effects after unintentional ingestion or skin contact. The unpleasant taste of the product prevents unintentional ingestion of significant quantities and thereby limits the extent of injuries. It is documented that sodium hypochlorite is not a mutagen, carcinogen, teratogen or skin sensitizer. Indeed, in the context of its use in drinking water, IARC (the International Agency for Research on Cancer) has concluded that chlorinated drinking water is not a “classifiable” human carcinogen. Under normal household use, sodium hypochlorite is broken down in the environment into table salt, oxygen and water. Other substances may be formed, to a small extent. These by-products are most often referred to as AOX (adsorbable organic halides). A great many studies have been made to provide a risk assessment of household bleach in terms of its formation of AOX. The conclusions drawn were:

  • the amount of AOX is very small both in absolute terms and relative to other human activities and natural sources,
  • the majority of these AOX are easily degradable,
  • the AOXs formed are primarily water soluble and not bio-accumulative.
  • highly chlorinated species, such as dioxins, are not formed.

 

The conclusion of the Swedish Environmental Research Institute was that sodium hypochlorite “does most probably not create environmental problems when used in the right manner and in recommended quantities”.

 

Conclusion

Sodium hypochlorite has a long history of safe use in homes, hospitals and schools, and it is widely available at low cost to consumers. It is highly beneficial to basic hygiene and good health due to its disinfecting and sanitizing qualities. It kills all known germs and a wider range of bacteria than other disinfectants, and it helps to prevent the spread of diseases through water and surfaces.

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Orlando Roof Cleaning and Pressure Washing Services

Orlando Roof Cleaning by Tropical Roof and Exterior Cleaning Systems using NON PRESSURE Safe Roof Cleaning methods and chemically injected pressure washing services as well as paver sealing, tile roof painting and restoration, full service gutter cleaning and screen repairs.

Our Roof Cleaning service is a Non Pressure Roof Cleaning that is manufacturer approved by all manufacturers of roofing materials. Our roof cleaning solution is applied with a 12 volt electric pump evenly over the entire roofs surface and cleans almost immediately removing all black and green mildew discoloration. It kills the mildew unlike pressure washing that just cuts the top of the mildew off like mowing grass as well as pressure washing any type of roof whether it is shingle or tile will cause irreversable damage and water intrusion. Pressure washing a roof will not last as long, chemical roof cleaning lasts 20 times longer and is safer, more cost effective and will restore your roof to new in a single day. No worry about dead plants no worry about paint damages no worry about roof damages. We use our solution to clean all surfaces to ensure that the cleaning lasts and you get your full moneys worth and NOT a SHORT term temporary fix.

We do use pressure washers to clean every other surface but we are not the stereotypical pressure washing guys you see doing up close blasting of surfaces which can be damaging as well. See, we used to do it all with the electric pump and a water hose method like certain bigger companies do but the problem was we never could get an exact percentage of mix since every surface requires a certain mix ratio plus a water hose to rinse off an exterior?? Never really gets it all off! We have all custom application and rinse tips and our machines are equipped with chemical injection systems that only let solution through with certain tips. We first apply the solution in big sections usually 1/2 the house (2000 sqft) home and then go back and switch to rinse tips which only allow fresh water to come through and rinse the exterior off with fresh water. This system is 10 times more efficient, safer and thorough than the pump and waterhose method. I can and will use either upon special request but I recommend our preferred method. It is more work setting up and breaking down the equipment for us but the results are stellar and more effecient cleaning wise.

Exteriors, Pool Enclosures, Pool Decks, Driveways and Sidewalks, Wood and Vinyl Fences and all other surfaces are still chemically cleaned we never clean anything with plain water because we want it to last for you and we work for your repeat business just like every single client we have. We are always busy and we are always steady and we will be here to stay. We love cleaning roofs and all other exterior surfaces that is our profession that is our passion not just a job. We take pride in our work and we take care of you always.

Visit our website at www.tropicalroofandexterior.com and check out our facebook page and like us for a chance to win a $250.00 giftcard to your favorite to grocery store of your choice. Drawing will be December 15th 2011 and the winner will be announced on December 16th for photos and presentation of the $250.00 gift card winners.

For a free no obligation roof cleaning or pressure washing quote call 407-415-3419 or you can email us at info@tropicalroofandexterior.com just leave your name, address, phone number and services you would like a qoute for and we will get it to you within 24 hours.

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Orlando Florida Roof Cleaning and Pressure Washing by Tropical Roof and Exterior Cleaning Systems. 407-415-3419 – or for a fast free quote, email us at www.tropicalroofandexterior.com and look for the envelope at the top of the page and click it! Also check out our frequently updated Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tropical-Roof-and-Exterior-Cleaning-Systems/142182342502994?v=wall

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I have been super busy over the last 3 months and have had little time to post blogs for Tropical. We have been cleaning a lot of new customers homes and also repeats and referrals. We are getting so busy to the point where I may have to hire 2 more techs and a salesman. The reason I have not hired another crew to do the work is simply: I used to work for a big company and have seen first hand the results of big companies and the employees they hire and not all are bad but have bad habits like doing the Friday shuffle or 5 O’clock shuffle to get off work early. I have always considered hiring a 2nd crew and when it all comes down to it I just can’t trust someone servicing a customer of mines home. I worry about a poor job, or damaged plants or other problems that I have never had with Tropical. I have high expectations and standards on every job we do. I will not even consider ever selling my business because of what I have built and accomplished just to see it get tarnished by someone who does not have a good business ethic.

I have finially found probably the best assistant I have had since I started Tropical. Blaine Partee is now full time and will be doing sales and service while we look for the next member of Tropical. What I am looking for is a NON-SMOKER, a legal US citizen, drug free (drug testing is MANDATORY!!), must have own transportation, at least 4 years experience in the roof and exterior cleaning industry with references and a background check, willing to work weekends and willing to be paid weekly not daily. I pay 100.00 per day 8am to 5pm starting pay and 5% extra for leads and 15% for sales commission also 150.00 per day for days that are $1500.00 or more in production which are common but our average day is $1000.00 in production. Once proven that you can do all the cleaning services and sealing services without issues and keep equipment in 100% perfect shape a raise will be given. I do not want anyone who is prone to wanting days off on short notice except for real emergencies, I need a reliable clean cut person who takes pride in thier work and is driven to sell more services while on the job. No excessive piercings or tattoos, no criminal records no exceptions period. Sorry, I have had a bad experience with a great tech who had personal issues and had to let him go. I want a person who is real, and who is a good people person that acts, dresses and talks professional and educated. I give 1 chance and that is it no plant damage, no property damage, no short cuts and no mess left behind. I do not accept complaints from business and homeowners. I will look into the issue before I make a decision since issues may not even be an issue.

If I can go 14 years without damaging anything then it is possible to do a perfect job. Our goal on every project is to gain repeat business and I am really good at that since 90% of all homes I have cleaned I have done more than 1 time and I have several hundred homes I service.

If you think you can live with my standards of how my business works and need a job then give me a call or Email your resume’ to info@tropicalroofandexterior.com and I will set up a lunch interview meeting with you.

Thanks for reading,

Jeffrey H. Worth – Tropical Roof and Exterior Cleaning Systems

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Pressure Cleaning tips to homeowners..

Orlando Florida Roof Cleaning and Pressure Washing by Tropical Roof and Exterior Cleaning Systems. 407-415-3419 – or for a fast free quote, email us at www.tropicalroofandexterior.com and look for the envelope at the top of the page and click it! Also check out our frequently updated Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tropical-Roof-and-Exterior-Cleaning-Systems/142182342502994?v=wall 

Orlando Safe No Pressure Roof Cleaning and Pressure Washing all other surfaces safely without any damages and you will have long lasting results since we always use cleaning solutions with all of our cleaning services not plain water.

Here are a few tips for homeowners to prevent certain stains that will not come off with cleaning…

Floor mats: I have noticed over the past 14 years that certain floor mats always leave a stain on painted decks and entrys by front doors due to the material they are made from. Black rubber mats are the worst since they act kind of like a tire peeling out on pavement, when you come inside you wipe your feet over and over and the mat leaves black marks. Another thing is moisture under the mats, when you have your deck or entry cleaned always make sure it is dry before replacing the mats. We do not leave mats rolled up because we forget, we do it so it will not leave a stain. Use mats that are made from other materials besides black rubber.

Iron Patio Furniture: If you plan on or have iron patio furniture it is a good idea to purchase plastic tabs for the legs and feet of the furniture so that the furniture will not leave rust stains on the deck or pavers. Use an adhesive to hold them on so that they do not come off easy. It will save you from having to replace or recoat your deck or patio.

Potted Plants: Years of cleaning decks and other flat surfaces I have seen it all, I have seen decks ruined from potted plants being set flat on the decks and circles of stains from the potted plants especially clay and metal pots. What you can do is put them on rollers or on plastic shims to keep the pots up off the deck about an inch so that the deck can dry properly under the pots and will not leave stains.

Gutter Downspouts: If you have gutters on your home and have a downspout that runs onto your driveway try and devert it away from the driveway or pavers so that it will not erode away the surface from constant water and also another benefit is that it will prevent moldy black stuff from accumulating in those areas.

Armor All Tire Wet: If you have a concrete driveway and have areas that are white on the driveway that are visible especially after having it cleaned it is armor all stains and they will not come off. If you decide to use armor all on your tires do it in the street or put cardboard under the tires and do not spray it on, use an application pad to apply.

Vines and Mud Dauber Nests: If you see vines starting to grow on your exterior pull them off asap because once they root in they will leave little black spots everywhere and cannot be removed by cleaning without damaging the paint. Mud Dauber nests are a common occurrance on many homes and if not removed quickly they will almost always leave a stain behind since the mud they use has had time to set in on your paint and will not come off.

I hope this information helps you out, and when the time comes for a roof cleaning, exterior cleaning, screen enclosure cleaning, pool deck cleaning, driveway and sidewalk cleaning or a paver seal give us a call and we will take good care of you like the thousands of customers we have serviced over the past decade and a half.

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