What is the best way to clean roof tiles?

There are a number of different roof cleaning methods out there. Ranging from scraping, applying biocide, and even jet washing. But what is the best method? Did you know that jet or pressure washing a roof can actually do a lot more damage to it than any good? Yes, it may look nice and clean afterwards, but it can be detrimental to the health and integrity of your roof. Never hire someone to pressure wash your roof.

Steam cleaning is one of the best ways to clean a roof effectively. Not only does it provide instant results, but it is an eco-friendly alternative to chemically cleaning a roof with biocides. 

Local Roof Cleaning provides you with a safe and effective roof steam cleaning service which eliminates the need for ladders, walking on roofs, and biocides. Using a mobile scaffolding platform, your entire roof can be reached with a water-fed pole.

This method involves low-pressure 100 degree steam cleaning that lifts up years of dirt, debris, moss, lichen, algae, mould, and mildew. 

This method will also require a follow-up visit to apply anti-moss biocide to stop the regrowth of moss. If this step is not taken, it is likely that moss will build-up once again on your roof and you will be paying to get your roof cleaned again. 

However, the moss biocide will prevent moss from growing for up to 4 years. If, though, you have tall trees surrounding your property, blocking sunlight and dropping twigs, leaves, and other debris, your roof will begin to return to its original state. Cutting back the branches of the surrounding trees will ensure sunlight reaches your roof and dries out moss spores.

How much does roof steam cleaning cost?

How much does roof steam cleaning cost? Please view our extensive article all about the price for roof cleaning. In this article there is also a guide for using Google Earth to measure the area of your roof and times it by your local average roof cleaning cost per square metre to give you an idea of what it will cost to get your roof steam cleaned.

Should I get my roof steam cleaned?

You may be wondering, “is it even worth getting my roof cleaned?” “What are the risks involved in roof steam cleaning?” These are good questions. There are thousands of companies offering roof moss removal services. Honest roof cleaning companies will inform you of the benefits and the risks of getting your roof steam cleaned. What are they?

  • Getting your roof professionally steam cleaned will prolong the life of your roof. Not only will it clean your roof and make it look as good as new, but it will slow down the wear and tear on your roof’s tiles and push that roof replacement far into the future.
  • Clearing the moss off from your roof will also prevent gutter blockages. Keeping your gutters clear is vital to the health of not only your roof, but your property as gutters play a key role in clearing away water and preventing water damage to your walls and interior.
  • Another good reason to have your roof professionally steam cleaned is it increases kerb appeal. When selling your property, having your roof cleaned will not only allow potential buyers to see your property at its best, but it also has the potential to add value to your house and pay for itself.
  • An end to moss on your roof will also mean an end to having to sweep up endless amounts of fallen moss from your driveway, patio, and off of the top of your car!
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Potential risks are uncovering broken, damaged, or loose tiles. Roof cleaning will reveal any areas of your roof that need attention. A gust of wind can blow a loose tile off from your roof and can be a huge safety hazard. 

Some roof cleaning companies will walk around on your roof whilst cleaning it. Here at Local Roof Cleaning, we will never need to walk on your roof as we have the correct equipment that allows us to clean either from the safety of the ground or on mobile scaffolding. 

Not all roof tiles are suited for steam cleaning. Some will need to be soft washed and treated with biocide. Always make sure you know what material your roof tiles are made from before contacting a roof cleaner.

Will steam kill moss?

As water temperature is so high, steam will kill a variety of living organisms such as algae, moss, lichen, mould, and mildew. Steam will not only kill the organism, but also remove its root system. Just like uprooting a weed is more effective than simply snipping the top of it off, steam cleaning will effectively kill and remove moss.

However, as there are high amounts of spores in the air, you will need to get your roof professionally treated with anti-moss biocide to prevent regrowth.

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Local Roof Moss Removal Company

How we remove the moss from the roof

We have a roof scraper that was designed and manufactured by a roof cleaning professional, we have different scrapers for different shaped roof tiles, attached to a telescopic pole.

We drag all the moss down towards the gutter line and then bag it all up and remove. We make sure that the down pipes are closed so the moss and debris cannot block them up.  Text your full address to 07791465052 or use Whatsapp as you can send us pictures from every elevation. Email us at admin@local-guttercleaner.co.uk 

Biocide Roof Treatment for Roofs

We spray a biocide on the moss free roof and it immediately goes to work, killing all the spores, lichen, and any other organic growth on your roof, we do not rinse the solution as it will continue to work for many months. We also offer another treatment that will make your roof look like new, ask us when we come to provide a free no obligation quote.

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How long will the cleaning of my roof take?

This depends on how large an area your roof is, how much moss has accumulated over the years, and what the acces is like, but generally it will take 1-3 days on average. We always make sure we leave the site clean and tidy and that you the customer are satisfied with our services.

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.

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I guess thats one of your main questions 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. How much does roof cleaning cost? See our Google Earth roof measuring tool method to measure your roof and calculate an approximate roof cleaning quote. 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? 

Text your full address to 07791465052 or use Whatsapp as you can send us pictures from every elevation. Email us at admin@local-guttercleaner.co.uk

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