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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.

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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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Kissimmee Roof Cleaning and Pressure Washing

Kissimmee Roof Cleaning and Kissimmee Pressure Washing Services also Orlando Roof Cleaning and Orlando Pressure Washing Services serving all of Central Florida and most surrounding areas. Safe No Pressure Roof Cleaning, Home Exterior Cleaning, Pool Enclosure Cleaning, Pool Deck Cleaning, Driveway and Sidewalk Cleaning, Wood Fence Cleaning, Vinyl Fence Cleaning, Brick Wall Cleaning, Full Service Gutter Cleaning and more..

For a Free Consultation call 407-415-3419 or go to www.tropicalroofandexterior.com for more information.

Today, 10/04/2011 we cleaned 3 roofs in Kissimmee Florida and I was astonished by what one homeowner had told me about the house across the street and also another who lived 3 houses down had told me. The first one said the roof across from them was pressure cleaned 3 months ago, but it did not look clean. As a matter of fact it was the dirtiest roof on the street and it was cleaned in July of 2011 and was covered with mildew already, that is a perfect example of why not to pressure wash any roof IT DOES NOT LAST and IT CAUSES WATER INTRUSION creating leaks and thousands in damages so don’t do it. The second person told me just yesterday his neighbor across from him had thier roof pressure washed and you can see the missing mortar and where the pressure took off the glaze from the tiles and even worse they paid $750.00 for a 3000 sqft Tile Roof which should only be $400.00 and done the right way that the roofing manufacturers suggest like our methods. Needless to say I sold 3 more roof cleanings to the guy who liked my method and loved the results on 3 properties that he manages.

Don’t learn the hard way, just make sure that whoever you hire does not use a pressure washer to clean your roof. It is that simple and will save you from all sorts of headaches and save you money.

We use pressure washers to clean driveways and sidewalks. We also use pressure washers to clean exteriors, screen enclosures and walls, but we use custom tips for applying and rinsing not the stock tips that come with the machine and the pressure is non damaging and chemical is used to give you long lasting results.

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Roof Cleaning Orlando and Kissimmee

Orlando Safe No Pressure Roof Cleaning by Tropical Roof and Exterior Cleaning Systems. Orlando Pressure Washing, Orlando Gutter Cleaning, Orlando Paver Sealing and so much more.. Call us today at 407-415-3419 or visit www.tropicalroofandexterior.com

Today we cleaned some tile roofs in Kissimmee and made some new happy long time clients. We provide roof cleaning services and pressure washing services in Kissimmee Florida too! We have been since we started and have many loyal customers there who love our work. We are not just contained to cleaning homes and business’ in Greater Orlando, we have traveled or we will sub out work in South Florida, Tampa and North Panhandle of Florida depending on the size of work and our availability. The cleaning companies that we sub our work to are the only companies we recommend because of their reputation and experience.

Tampa Florida contact Chris Tucker at Apple Roof Cleaning at 813-655-8777 or visit his site at www.saferoofcleaning.com trusted and professional his team will take good care of you, I promise!

Southwest Florida  contact Chuck Bergman at 941-698-1959 http://swfloridaroofrestoration.webs.com/ 30 plus years under his belt is “real” experience.

For North Florida and the Panhandle area Contact: Russ Spence at
Prokleen Powerwash at 251-222-3011 or www.prokleenpressurewashing.com

The reason I choose these companies to quote and service projects I can’t get to is my peace of mind. It is also my reputation on the line and I can’t justify calling some big corpoation who will just over price you and give you broken promises or the newbe in this business who thinks that this is a cake walk type job and take that chance. We have all earned our place in this industry by years and years of experience and proving ourselves by aquiring so many repeat customers in the roof cleaning and pressure washing industry.

This should take out the guess work and the idea of shopping around for the cheapest out there; the cheapest are cheap for a reason. No experience, no sales skill and they have to bid low to get work since they are usually desparate for work but in the end they never last and move on to other ventures.

For more cleaners in your area go to www.roofcleaningchemicals.com and click on your state and region. Plus read what there is to read and educate yourself on why and how we do things the way we do them.

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Orlando Roof Cleaning, Pressure Washing, Gutter Cleaning

Orlando Roof Cleaning, Pressure Washing, Gutter Cleaning and Paver Sealing plus more.. Serving all of Greater Orlando and all surrounding areas with a commitment to gain your repeat business like so many already. 3000 plus homes have been serviced by Tropical and for good reasons. Our cleanings are efficient, they last and are not damaging. That is why our repeat rate is what has kept us on top through this rough economy and we would like to have some new life long clients like you to have a company they can trust and will be there when they need us. Call 407-415-3419 or visit www.tropicalroofandexterior.com

In the summer and every summer for the last 14 years business is at it’s slowest but this year has been the slowest yet! It has a lot to do with the economy and the elections coming up. People in general are holding on to every dollar they can from being unsure of what the future holds. So what we at Tropical have done over the last few months is work with our suppliers and vendors on getting better rates for us so we can get better rates to you. We purchase over 30k dollars a year in cleaning solution alone not to mention all of the other parts and supplies to keep us fully up to date with our equipment and vehicals. One thing we will never skimp on is top notch insurance for both parties protection. But our rates are very competitive, not saying we are the cheapest because to do it right or have it done right you will be paying more. I have seen the results of the super cheap guys and they are not pretty. You know the saying “You get what you pay for” well that stands so true in this business. I have heard from many people I have met over the years when giving a price for cleaning they tell me the last guy did it for this and I ask them why didn’t they call them. This is the most common answer: they are out of business! – or – they killed all of my plants and did a lot of damage! So don’t go with the cheapest bids people, that is just too risky and if it sounds too good to be true, it is.

I price every roof cleaning job or any other cleaning service the same. If you live in a modest 1200 sqft home or a 40,000 sqft home I never judge on income or status. I clean NBA players homes for the same price as any other home. Priced per sqft. Equally and that is the bottom line so don’t let any other company take advantage of you because of your status. I give active and non-active military and senior discounts and also package deals.

Give us a call today for more information and a free consultation. I will come out and see what you have and give my recommendations as well. It is free and there are no obligations.

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Pressure Cleaning Services Orlando Florida

Pressure Cleaning Services Orlando Florida by Tropical Roof and Exterior Cleaning Systems, www.tropicalroofandexterior.com

Or you can call 407.415.3419 for any questions about our services.

Pressure Washing Orlando, Kissimmee, Windermere, Longwood, Lake Mary, Oviedo, Winter Springs, Sanford, Altamonte Springs, Deltona, DeBary, New Smyrna Beach, Leesburg, Tavares, St. Cloud, Celebration, Chuluota, Titusville, Ocoee, Winter Garden and everywhere between.

Orlando Roof Cleaning using manufaturer approved processes to safely clean shingle, slate, tile and metal roofs without the use of any type of pressure. Just spray it on with an electric pump and rinse it off with a garden hose. It is that safe!!

Visit my website www.tropicalroofandexterior.com or for more information on how to properly clean roofs go to www.roofcleaningchemicals.com

We offer free written estimates. We are licensed, insured, workers comp compliant and a certified roof cleaning company since 1998.

Why replace your roof when you can restore its new look by having it cleaned, why repaint your exterior when you can have it cleaned and don’t let your screen enclosure get eaten away by mildew – let us clean it and make it look new! Patio Furniture that is black and green and pretty bad looking – don’t throw it to the curb we can clean that too. Go to our services page and look at what we do by clicking on each service and check out the pictures. Also go to our picture gallery and see some great before and afters.

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Roof Cleaning Orlando and Pressure Cleaning Services Orlando

Orlando, FL 09/19/2011 Roof Cleaning and Pressure Washing Services. Service areas are all of Seminole County, Orange County, Lake County, Osceola County, Brevard County and Volusia County. Cleaning Services are for Commercial and Residential. Which are Safe Non Pressure Roof Cleaning, Exterior Cleaning, Gutter Cleaning, Driveway and Sidewalk Cleaning, Pool Deck Cleaning, Pool Enclosure Cleaning and more..

Visit our site at www.tropicalroofandexterior.com or call 407-415-3419 for more info and a Free No Obligation Quote..

Since 1998 we have cleaned thousands of commercial and residential buildings and have a repeat customer base that has helped us through this tough economy. We are a very affordable and reliable company keeping our standards very high and keeping our overhead as low as possible to give you the most reasonable rates. Keeping your roof and exterior clean is a very important step to preserving it and making it last longer. So if your home or business is looking like it needs cleaning call us today.

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