We often get asked if it is a good idea to have your roof cleaned and what roof cleaning involves. As each day your roof is exposed to the elements, over time, the wind, rain, sun and cold can have a huge impact that you might not necessarily notice.
- A lot depends on your location of course. If your house or business property is in an exposed area, you may be worried about wind damage, especially if there is a storm.
- If you have a home or office in the heart of a busy city, you could be just as worried about the damage caused by dust and fumes.
- If you live near the coast, you may have a problem with the salt air.
Many roofs are also prone to algae or mould, with it growing over slates and other surfaces like fascia and soffits. Not only does this all look unsightly, it can contribute to other damage and a leaky roof.
Here we take a closer look at what roof cleaning involves and why how it can benefit your property.
What is Roof Cleaning?
You might think that it’s enough just to let the rain clean your roof but unfortunately this isn’t true. All sorts of mould and algae can gain a foothold on your roof and this is very difficult to remove without using some form of pressure washing or scraping once it is established.
The first thing to do with any project like this is to get up onto the roof and inspect it closely. Much will depend on the material, whether it’s slate, tile, or a flat roofs with a fibreglass covering.
The other thing to look at is accessibility. Most work nowadays is done using roof ladders as it’s more cost-effective than putting up scaffolding.
In many cases, the whole roof doesn’t have to be treated either. If there is localised moss or mould growing on a particular section, it can be enough to just focus on this area.
Before undertaking work on the roof, it’s important to make sure that the area below is cordoned off and clear. If a pressure washer is being used, it means water may be gushing off into the gutter and over it.
In some instances, especially with older roofs, or ones that are quite fragile, hand scraping is used to remove problems like moss. This means the roof specialist can focus on particular areas and control the pressure being used. This is a highly skilled undertaking that requires the operative to know what they are doing and to be comfortable working at height.
The Benefits of Roof Cleaning
There are a few important benefits to having your roof cleaned. First, it maintains the integrity of the structure and reduces the potential for more invasive damage to occur. Secondly, it makes the roof look a lot more attractive – that’s important if you are thinking of selling the property, for example.
Why You Should Have Your Roof Cleaned by a Specialist
Getting high up on a ladder is difficult but also bear in mind that you’ll have to carry all the kit you need up there as well. That’s why it pays to get a professional to undertake this kind of job.
They’ll have the right types of ladder, the appropriate pressure washer and scraping equipment, and they’ll be experienced at doing this kind of work.
At ProClean, we provide a range of roof and gutter cleaning services across the south of England, including Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Suffolk. Our fully trained operatives use a mix of pressure washing roof cleaning and scraping to make sure that your home or commercial property looks pristine.
If you would like a free quote to clean your roof, contact our team today to find out more.