You clean the inside of your home and once a year you pressure wash the outside of your home. What else do you need to do? Roof cleaning is another chore for homeowners to do and rightly so. The roof is a protective blanket on your home and without it everything inside the home would get wet and damaged and you would be cold in the winter and hot in the summer. The outside of your home would suffer damage to the structure because the rain and other elements of weather would be able to reach the structure and cause it to rot away.
Molds set up residence on roofs and so does Algenentfernung am Haus other spore and fungi that can cause damage to the roof because they retain moisture but they can also cause damage to the inside as well. If anyone is suffering from frequent headaches, nausea, or other illnesses that may make them feel bad but not bad enough to go to the doctor, this may be caused by millions of spores and fungus that have entered your home through several means. Over time, the mold continues to grow and becomes a problem both inside and out. As for the roof, molds are continuing to grow in size and holding in the moisture the entire time. Roof cleaning can eliminate the mold build up and allow the roof to stay dry. Not only will you be healthier but your roof will not rot away and last you years longer.
Do you have a cistern or other water source that captures the natural rain water and holds it in a container for use? If you do, you know that this type of system requires you to have a gutter system that will filter the rain down the house to the end of the roof where it will go into a container or holding tank. The water that reaches your gutter comes from the sky and it also contains run off from your roof. If you do roof cleaning, you will ensure that the water captured is clean and not filled with mold and bacteria that may be harboring on the roof. Occasional roof cleaning is mandatory when you have this type of water source.
Cleaning the roof is a simple process once you get the hang of it however hiring a professional to come and do the initial roof cleaning may be more beneficial the first time so you can see exactly what occurs and how you can best handle the situation. It’s important to have a roofing company that specializes in roof cleaning as well as roof replacement. As the roof cleaning gets done, the roof company will be able to check the roof for weaknesses that may have been caused by prolong exposure to molds and other spores that have made your roof their home.
Check with the roofing company to see when the recommend another roof cleaning and to ask questions too. When roofing companies see the damage that is done due to roof cleaning negligence they can put the consequences into perspective for you to see so you know why it is important for regular roof cleaning and what you can expect from it. If you try roof cleaning yourself, it is important that you don’t do further damage to the roof by poking or sweeping too hard. Always ask for professional help when you feel it is necessary.
Roof Cleaning the Safe Way
For many years contractors have been having long debates concerning the correct way to go about cleaning a roof. The safe and proper method to clean a domestic roof has also been debated by many construction trade associations. Even though roof cleaning may be vital to preserve the appearance of your home and in many cases simply cleaning a roof has actual increase the value of many properties, contractors need to use extreme caution in what approach they take to clean down any particular roof.
Some roofing trade associations caution all homeowner from allowing their roof to be cleaned with high-pressure water washer and condemn their use for removing algae and black streaks from roofs on the grounds that they may cause more damage than they will do good
It is my own opinion as a specialised outdoor cleaner that these associations are well justified in their condemnation. In most cases utilising a high pressure water washer to clean a roof is not only dangerous to the tiles and slates; it most instances such extreme high pressure can also compromise the integrity of the roof structure. And only a non-pressure or at best a low pressure cleaning method should be applied to remove environmental stains and debris such as: mould, moss and alga from roof tiles and slates.
Fortunately some manufactures have listened to those who have safety concerns regarding high pressure washing devices and have been hard at work designing what is now called “soft washers” for contractors and homeowner.
They use a special blend of eco-friendly algae Fassadenreinigung and moss neutralizers, mild surfactants and bio degradable detergents that are capable of cleaning the most horrendously stained roofs and can gently restore practically any roof to an almost like new appearance, all without the slightest compromise to the integrity of the roof structure or damage to the environment.
If you do opt to have your roof cleaned by a “soft roof cleaning” contractor I have prepared a few tips that should make the job run smoothly:
- Never allow any contractor to use a high pressure washer on your roof. (Even some “soft roof washing” companies sometimes opt to use high pressure washers for small periods of time on certain areas of roofs. The fact is: it’s either a soft wash or it’s a high pressure wash there are no in-betweens)
- Just like hiring any contractor to do work around your home you should always ask for at least three references of previously satisfied customers. Contractors always enjoy boasting about their happy customs so if a contractor is unable to show you citations from previous clients, the likely hood is: they don’t have any.
- Never hire a contractor who does not have adequate insurance and particularly “roof cleaning insurance”. Most pressure washing services and cleaning companies will usually have adequate insurance cover for general cleaning. However, because the liability is far greater, roof cleaning is not always covered in traditional low level cleaning insurance subsequently; nearly all insurance companies require additional fees for high level cleaning. So when you check the insurance details of contractors tendering for work make sure they apply to roof cleaning.
- A good guide as to how professional a roof cleaning company is: is the quality of their business image. Good design and quality printed business cards, flyers, etc. are usually an excellent indicators of the quality of the workmanship you are likely to experience. One again, contractors love showing prospectus clients pictures and photographs in portfolios of previous work, if they can’t take the time and effort to make these sales aids look professional then the chances are they will not take the time or make and effort to clean your roof properly.