A great way to improve the whole external appearance of your home in Essex is to have your roof professionally cleaned. This is not a particularly difficult job and you could possibly carry it out yourself. However, before you get out the ladders and buckets you do need to consider the risks.
For a start there are safety concerns about gaining access to the roof and also with working at height on ladders or scaffolding. In addition you could easily damage your roof tiles if you don’t carry the job out correctly.
Roof cleaning is important. As well as the cosmetic impact and a newly cleaned roof will make your property look fabulous, it is a necessary part of home maintenance.
Essex Roofs bear the brunt of all the weather and as a result moss, lichen and algae can grow on the roof which can affect the whole structure causing tiles to become porous and dislodged out of place. Replacing roof tiles or even worse having structural work carried on your roof is expensive yet easily avoidable if you carry out regular maintenance.
According to building experts, there are three main causes of roof damage which accumulate on the average roof. These are moss, algae and lichen.
- Moss is a plant that thrives in wet conditions and with the generally damp British climate it can be hard to get rid of. It grows in clumps on the roof and it can cause serious damage especially when it freezes. Moss retains a lot of moisture so can cause internal damp. It also can grow underneath roof tiles causing them to lift and break.
- Algae are airborne microorganisms carried by the wind and can damage roofs by gradually eroding the structure. If you have noticed black staining coming from the roof and spoiling the appearance of the roof and walls, you have a problem with algae.
- Lichen is a plant growth which is carried by the wind. It settles in places that are already host to the algae that it feeds off and is hard to remove. Lichen can lie dormant on your roof and only appear in wet weather.
Most roofs in Essex have a combination of these three common issues. However there can be other factors that spoil the appearance of your roof and compromise the structure such as pollution and oxidation which can affect metal parts of the roof. Britannia Roof Cleaning Essex
Is roof cleaning essential in Essex?
Cleaning your roof is an essential part of home maintenance. If you ignore your roof you could be lining yourself up for costly roof repairs in the future. This means it is always worth ensuring that your roof, like the rest of your home, is clean and well maintained.
However many people choose to have their roof cleaned for its cosmetic impact because it makes such a fantastic difference to the external appearance of a property.
If you want your home to look its best, whether for your own satisfaction, the neighbourhood, or because you are thinking of selling, you should certainly have your roof cleaned. A clean roof is as noticeable as a dirty roof and will add value to your home.Britannia Roof Cleaning Essex
How can I clean my roof in Essex myself?
For most Essex householders, this job is something that you should never attempt alone. You will need to gain access to your roof via ladders, scaffolding or even by renting a cherry picker and even then, this becomes even more expensive because you will need to buy or rent specialised roof cleaning equipment.
You can clean the moss and algae off by hand, using a bucket and scraper. Once this has been completed, you will need to wash the roof. There is no easy way of doing this. You should never attempt to clean your roof with a home pressure washer because you could damage the tiles. And although a pressure washer may be suitable for some roofing materials, trying this out on your own roof is an expensive way of finding out!
By contrast, professional roof cleaning services use a range of specialised tools and equipment that are perfectly designed for all types of roofing materials.Britannia Roof Cleaning Essex
How are Essex roofs cleaned?
A professional roof cleaning service may offer range of options. Many professional services can work from ground level by the use of water fed poles that deliver a low pressure or soft wash. The professional may gain access to your roof and work at height. Low pressure washing is the most usual method of roof cleaning but some companies offer additional methods such as steam cleaning. In some cases high pressure washing may be used if your roof is suitable for this type of vigorous treatment.
A professional roof cleaning company can also treat your roof with biocide – a product that kills off algae and growth. This requires the use of protective clothing as it is classified as a hazardous chemical so is a job best left to the professionals.
Once the job is finished, the professional company will handle the clean-up operation including the disposal of rubbish and the management of the biocide which could cause a health risk if not handled appropriately.Britannia Roof Cleaning Essex
Have your roof and your gutters cleaned at the same time.
If you are considering having your Essex roof cleaned, it makes sense to have your gutters cleaned at the same time. That way you can minimise disruption and keep the costs down. Many professional cleaning companies offer the two services as the tools and equipment required are often the same.
Like roofs, gutters can be hard to reach and easy to ignore, yet guttering also plays an essential role in the safety and comfort of your home. A blocked or leaking gutter can cause long term damage to your property and can cause internal damp. In addition ignoring long term damage can cause structural damage to your property requiring expensive repairs in the future.Britannia Roof Cleaning Essex
Don’t ignore your roof and your gutters
Don’t ignore your Essex roof and your gutters. It can be easy to neglect these vital components of your property because in general we do tend to subscribe to an “out of sight out of mind” approach when it comes to home maintenance. This is a big mistake. For most people, the home is their major investment so it is worth ensuring that yours is as well maintained and looking as good as possible.Britannia Roof Cleaning Essex