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West Malling Roof Cleaning ask why do you need to keep your roof clean? The mold, mildew, algae. Lichen and moss need to be removed from your roof. Metal roofs can develop oxidation which also be removed. By cleaning your roof, you prolong its life and function. Often it can be the north and west sides of your roof that get less sun and heat, the shady sides causing soot, biomass and dirt build up this then affects the amount of heat the house or building absorbs.

What is the best method to clean my roof? A nice clean and efficient roof can be achieved using Sodium Percarbonate or bleach solution. Or other commercial cleaning products that maybe available on the market. Authorities like the national federation of roofing contractors NFRC or the ARMA in the US recommends using a 50/50 solution of Sodium Hypochlorite at 12.5% this is chiefly used as a swimming pool cleaner which can be purchased at certain farm outlets or even on buy sodium hypochlorite on Amazon. Mix it half and half with water, use your discretion of course and consult an expert if you chose to clean your own roof in this way. Heard of Zinc Sulphate? Research this and look at Zinc strips being installed at the peak of your roof to reduce regrowth.

What tools do I need to clean my roof? Why not purchase an electric roof sprayer that is normally used to spray crops, they will have a hardy pump that can tolerate bleach, this will kill any organic growth build up on your roof, like algae, bacteria, fungus, moss, mildew and so on. This method is called soft washing as opposed to using a high powered jet washer or pressure washer. Any pump with more than 100 psi can be harmful to the tiles. Different tips that attach to the low pressure lance can be used to reach the peak of your roof safely without having to climb up onto the roof, and another spray tip which produces a fan effect for the lower levels, and of course a good water source to rinse off the Sodium Hypochlorite mix.

How much does roof cleaning cost? Obviously the price will depend on how many square metres need to be carefully scraped and then treated with a biocide or bleach. Detached, semi detached or terraced? What area in the UK are you located/ 1, 2 or 3 floors? What is the pitch like? Good access all round, or not? will the operative need a cherry picker? Here is a well written price guide to answer the question how much does roof cleaning cost? 

We are able to carefully and safely remove all the moss and debris from your roof and then treat it with an anti moss treatment. Call 01474 773350

In employing us to carry out this service you will greatly enhance the look of your house and will cut down on the need to clear your gutters and down pipes, ensuring everything flows correctly, its money well spent, you will have the best looking roof in West Malling.

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  1. Scrape the moss from the top of the roof dragging it down to the gutter line
  2. Remove the moss and clear the guttering
  3. Treat the roof with a biocide treatment ensuring the moss will not return for a couple of years
  4. Tidy the site and leave as we found it.

Other roof treatments we can utilize have the same effect as the Biocide but will also clean the roof and make it look new.

Text your full address and send some images if you are able to 07791 465052 or email us at admin@local-guttercleaner.co.uk

 

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How to Clean Your Roof, Jet Wash or Chemicals?

If you’re like me, the days of climbing up on the roof are few and far between but this is also reason enough to pay more attention and get up there to check it out. In other words, the longer you ignore or leave this area untreated, the more it wears and deteriorates until it eventually stops keeping out the rain.

But how exactly can you clean the roof and what chemicals or machines can you use?

Let’s take a look at how to clean your roof and everything you need to get started with the job:

As you may know, I’m a big fan of the jet water and use it at every given opportunity. When the drains or gutters need blasting, it makes an appearance and pressure washers can work wonders on patios, decking, driveways and various jobs around the home.

Alas, using a jet washer to clean the roof is not an option.

You see, pressure washers are ten times more likely to remove dirt and debris but they hold far too much power for cleaning the roof. In other words, if you were to use a jet washer to clean the roof, you would most likely damage the shingles and leave the roof even worse than how you found it.

For this reason, the best way to clean your roof is with a sprayer and some cleaning solution.

But before we look any further into the process: what might you find up there that needs to be removed in the first place?

 

Roof clean before and after

Removing Black Streaks, Dirt and Grime from Your Roof

In case you might be asking yourself, those nasty black streaks on your roof are most likely algae as opposed to dirt and mysterious droppings from the sky. It’s true, you will certainly find dirt and other strange droppings up there but distinctive black streaks are most often the result of algae.

In fact, this algae is even more common during humid weather, when this airborne culprit seems to enjoy nothing more than messing up your roof. By the way, algae is a blue-green growth

Algae is a very common term that describes multiple organisms which require photosynthesis as nutrition. When it comes to the algae on your roof, this is known as Gloeocapsa Magma which has a bizarre ability to hold up a protective shield as protection from UV radiation. What’s more, this blue-green algae is a “colony” which enables it to thrive in areas that most algae cannot even survive. For this reason, when it becomes attached to a surface, it grows and spreads quickly.

Now, in my own language, this simply means that the blue-green streaks on your roof are not going away any time soon. In fact, the only way this will happen is if you get up there to make this happen!

But wait, there’s one more thing you should know about this algae…

The truth is, it doesn’t cause any harm to the roof and unless you have solar panels up there, it’s not something to worry about. That being said, it looks terrible, your neighbors are probably sick of the sight and if you have any respect for your roof, you’ll consider doing it a favour! Get it cleaned. 

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Is roof cleaning necessary?

For many reasons, roof cleaning is necessary. Firstly, if a person wants their roof to look like new, or improve the overall appearance of their property, then roof cleaning is the alternative to roof replacement. Many people have their roofs cleaned to remove dirt and organic growth and to return the tiles of the roof back to their original colour.

Having your roof cleaned can mean less gutter cleaning as moss and other debris from roofs often clogs up gutters. If you are tired of sweeping moss from your patio or driveway, roof cleaning could easily solve that issue.

On top of that, roof cleaning has other benefits that many do not know about. Deep cleaning your roof with pressure washers and chemicals will remove mould and mildew. It has also been said that high amounts of moss can add unnecessary weight to your roof. This can be increased in colder months when the water that moss holds freezes. 

If you want to improve both the look and possibly even value of your property, roof cleaning is the way to go.

How much does it cost to clean a standard roof on a semi-detached house?

When it comes to pricing a semi-detached roof to be cleaned, a few things must be taken into consideration. Firstly, the condition of the roof. How old is it? What kind of tiles does it have? The answers to these questions will decide the price. If all is well, and accessibility is available, you will be looking at from £600-£1200.

How much does roof cleaning usually cost?

Depending on size, height, style, and position of your roof, you are looking at somewhere from £500-£1500. Different companies use different cleaning methods, so price will vary from company to company. Depending on what methods they use however, you may not always get the best results. Make sure to use a company with consistently good results. Make sure that they have effective roof cleaning equipment along with a well-reviewed google business rating. 

 

If you simply want moss and dirt removed from your roof, prices will be lowered. Removing such debris simply consists of scraping off the moss and washing down the roof.

If you want your roof to be scraped and returned to its original colour, then chemicals will normally have to be used. 

Bleach based chemicals are usually applied by most roof cleaning companies. These chemicals must be safely handled, and the contractors must be aware of the roof’s surroundings, such as landscaping, cars, and other obstacles.

Roof cleaning biocide chemicals will increase the price of the clean, but they will also quickly and efficiently clean your roof, making it look new. The chemicals will also prevent future stains and dirt, and each time it rains, the chemicals will be activated, cleaning the roof, and also stopping moss, algae, and lichen spores from settling on it. 

Softwashing techniques are also used when it comes to roof cleaning. Being careful to not use too much pressure, you can safely remove stains and dirt in little time.

So to review, simply clearing away moss and dirt equals lower prices. Clearing, softwashing, and using chemicals will result in a higher price. 

If your roof is precarious to reach, scaffolding may have to be put up, or at least some other method to safely reach your roof. This may mean extra costs. 

If your roof is relatively easy to reach, such as with bungalows, ladders can safely be used to do the job.

It must also be taken into consideration that older roofs are usually more vulnerable and require more gentle roof cleaning methods. Older roof tiles are more fragile. Using the wrong roof cleaning techniques and biocides will result in more harm than good.

 

Gutters usually get full whilst roofs are cleaned. Many roof cleaning companies will gladly clean out your gutters when the roof cleaning job is complete.

What is softwash or low-pressure roof cleaning?

Softwash cleaning is roof cleaning but without the use of pressure washing.

Low-pressure washing is the process of effectively cleaning a roof, but using a lower pressure than jet washing or high-pressure washing.

If you are concerned about contractors walking on your roof tiles, fear not. Lances are used to reach areas from the safety of a ladder or scaffolding. 

Softwashing/low pressure washing a roof usually goes hand in hand with chemicals. Bleach-based or biocide, these chemicals will kill living pathogens (moss/algae/fungi).

Frequent roof cleaning questions and concerns

Many customers often worry about possible roof cleaning issues that may arise. For instance, the most commonly asked questions are “what are the risks?” “Is it safe to clean my roof?” “What are the common problems of cleaning a roof?” 

 

Many problems start when an inexperienced person attempts to clean a roof. Using pressure washing and jet washing, many actually can do a great deal of damage to a roof. 

Roofs should be thoroughly inspected before cleaning commences. 

 

Another key factor to think about is cleaning a damaged roof. A roof with tiles missing being cleaned will result in water seeping in through and causing water damage to the property. 

 

Jet washing the wrong kind of roof tiles (such as tiles with a concrete type face or a gritty, sandy upper layer) can completely destroy its protective coating. This can affect the entire appearance of the roof, resulting in a yellow/pale colour. It leaves the roof vulnerable to weather and elements and may even mean having to get the entire roof replaced.

 

Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you choose the right roof cleaning company. One that has years of experience, fully equipped, knows the right methods for different types of roofs, and has a good reputation. Paying less for a botched job simply means paying out far more in the future if damage is incurred. 

 

You can easily request before cleaning and after cleaning pictures of your roof. The roof cleaner must inspect your roof before working and alert you of any damage or repairs that need to be addressed before cleaning.