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The benefits of Roof Cleaning

Moss and algae clinging to roof tiles are unsightly but also if left for too long can cause damage. The roof tiles can begin to decay as the lichen and moss take hold and their roots find their way into the porous top layer of the clay. The moss holds moisture on the roof, feeding from it so it’s a dwindling spiral that isn’t going to improve without intervention. The longer you leave it the worse it gets. It’s quite a straightforward and painless procedure to get rid of it though. Here you can see the difference roof cleaning can make to the overall appearance of your roof.

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Dirty roof                 Mr Cater DA3 (4)

When done professionally the transformation of the roof tiles can be remarkable. Don’t take our word for it, a picture paints a thousand words and from these pics we took you see what roof cleaning actually does. Prices range from £800 for a simple “up and over” terraced or semi, up to £3,500 for a big detached house. The roofs in these pictures both cost just under £1,000 to get back to as new condition. After the cleaning was finished the tiles were sealed to protect them, leaving them looking almost as good as the day they were installed.

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Mr Cater DA3 (19)                 Mr Cater DA3 (13)

Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

A: On a good day between April and September, about one day. These are the best months to have your roof cleaned. The days are longer and the roof tiles dry quickly enough so they can be sealed on the same day.

Q: HOW IS IT DONE?

A: By pressure washing it, starting from the top and working downwards so no water gets up under the tiles and into the loft. This is the most effective way of cleaning the roof.

Q: WHY HAVE IT SEALED AFTERWARDS?

A: The sealer impregnates the outer layer of the clay tiles. This inhibits the possibility of roof lichen and moss taking hold and protects the tiles from the effects of “spalling” (moisture getting into the microporous holes in the clay, freezing in winter and cracking the outer layers of the tile) It won’t 100% prevent moss from taking hold again but it will retard it by many years. Most good quality sealers come with a 10 year guarantee. That means it’s guaranteed to protect the roof tiles for that long, not prevent the moss growing again.

 

 

 

 

Ivy and plant growth removal

Removing unwanted plant growth from your walls and gutters

Dead Ivy is an eyesore. The problem is it tends to stay stuck or entwined on the external walls and it’s never easy to remove. However, with the right equipment it’s fairly straightforward. This house was covered with the stuff but we soon got rid of it using tall ladders and cutting tools

                      DEAD IVY ON BRICKWORK                                                           AFTER IVY WAS REMOVED

dead ivy                      ivy cleared off walls

 

The same goes for climbing plants when they start to clog up gutters. They’re hard to remove because they are high up. They have to be carefully cut away or the gutters they are covering can become dislodged.

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Plants clogging up gutters                       Plants cut back from guttering

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Clay tile roof cleaning

Clay tile pressure wash cleaning

The pictures below show before, and after pictures we took of a clay tile roof we cleaned in Meopham, Kent. As you can see, when professionally power-washed this roof came up looking like the day it had been installed.

Mr Cater DA3 (13)Mr Cater DA3 (19)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roof tiles collect algae which sticks to clay roof tiles. Eventually moss pockets begin to grow over the algae and over time this gradually erodes the surface of the roof. Once it really takes hold the roots of the moss find their way under the tiles and begins to lift them. After that it’s just a matter of time before the roof starts leaking and then it’s an uphill struggle to prevent the rafters from rotting.  Also, the mortar that binds the tiles together and forms a watertight seal where they join can gradually decompose as the moss takes hold. Pressure washing the tiles is an expedient and effective method of ridding your roof of this plant growth and extending the longevity of your roof. It looks good too!.

 

 

 

 

 

An MOT of your gutters

gutter pulled apartRegular maintenance costs little and saves lots. How many times have you heard that? It’s true though and it applies to pretty much anything. Take your car for instance. You have it serviced because you want it to start in the morning, to stop when you apply the brakes and to run efficiently and economically. You have your gas boiler serviced because you want it to run cleanly and efficiently and not break down in the dead of winter. So why wouldn’t you have your gutters checked and cleaned at least once a year?

Those out of the way strips of curved plastic way up on the roof prevent your house being deluged with thousands of gallons of rainwater every year. They are vital to ensuring that damp doesn’t get into the inside of your house, yet most people never give their gutters a second thought.

IMG_0525All that’s needed is a clean out, a check of all the seals, brackets and clamps and a wash through to test for leaks. It takes no more than an hour. Once it’s done you can be sure that you won’t have a problem throughout the winter.

befor after picOur busiest time is late Autumn. This is because the leaves have fallen and this, combined with generally heavier rainfall can cause Gutters to get blocked. As winter approaches these damp clumps of leaves, moss and debris can cause water to pool up in the gutters and once it drops below freezing this can turn to ice. This can all be avoided by getting your gutters checked and cleaned before the really nasty weather starts to bite.

Why you should check your gutters regularly

BLOCKED GUTTERS

Before our gutter cleaning Essex and guttering repairs Essex.     Moss clogged gutter     Clogged guttering     Bethnal Green clogged gutter

When your gutters get into this state they are effectively useless. All they do is collect moisture and debris and eventually, the rainwater spills over onto the brickwork and you end up with damp patches on your bedroom walls or ceilings. 

bonzai tree taking root     blocked roof gulley     water filled gutter     Blocked gutter chingford

Clearing them out is a relatively easy procedure but it’s best left to the professionals. When gutters get blocked up like these ones they can be holding as much as 10 kilos of stagnant water and sediment in them. 

cleared hopper     cleaned out     gutter pulled apart     WP_000618

Once they’ve been unblocked and cleaned out, all the seals and brackets need to be checked as these can get dislodged when under load.

If you think your gutters need attention pick up the phone and give us a call on 0208 144 3061  or fill in the quick contact form below:

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Gutter cleaning Harlow

Based in Brentwood, Essex, Pro Gutter Cleaning are well positioned to service Harlow and surrounding areas. We are specialist in clearing and repairing blocked gutters

clogged up guttercleaned gutter            heavily blocked guttercleared gutter

We pride ourselves on being fast and efficient and will be out to you within 24 hours usually.

Sometimes we can even do it the same day!

Call us on 0208 144 3061 or fill in the quick contact box below:

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               Gutters cleaned                    Hoppers cleared                    Downpipes repaired                     Seals replaced

Gutter cleared      cleared hopper     Downpipe bracket snapped     After our gutter cleaning Essex and guttering repairs Essex.

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Our gutter cleaning service consists of a four point checklist:

1. Manually clear all sludge, moss, debris and spooled water

2. Repair or replace faulty seals or brackets

3. Check flow rate and adjust levels if needed

4. Ensure downpipes are secured to the walls

Trapped rainwater in your gutters is heavy

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a) The average rainfall in London is 23 inches or 50mm per year 

b) A litre of water weighs 1 kilogram or 2.2 lbs.

c) The average Victorian terraced or semi detached house has approx 1,000 sq ft of tiled roof.

d) 1 inch of rain falling on a 1,000 sq ft roof produces 600 gallons of water which the gutters have to collect and drain away down the downpipes to the drains 

heavy rain havy gutters

e) Heavy rainfall on blocked guttering can increase the weight of the gutter by as much as ten times!

f) As per the above, water is unbelievably heavy. If you don’t believe it, fill up a 5 litre can from a tap and try walking with it for more than fifty metres.

g) Gutters are usually made of plastic. They hold their shape because of their curved form. If they fill them up with rainwater and then freeze, you have several metres of solid ice hanging over your head.

h) A waterlogged, frozen length of guttering can weigh as much as 50 lbs.

water clogged guttersIf you’re gutters are blocked and full of water it would be a good idea to give the above some thought. That’s a hell of a lot of water or ice (and excess weight) sitting right above your head.

This picture on the left is an example of a blocked and waterlogged gutter our gutter cleaners had to deal with.

If you think you have a problem with your guttering give us a call for a free, no obligation quote over the phone, or fill out the form on your right

 

Gutter clearance Epsom, Surrey

Leafy Surrey may be beautiful in Autumn but the falling leaves play havoc with guttering, especially it isn’t cleared out at least once a year. One house owner in Epsom, Surrey found that out the hard way. This is how his guttering looked when Pro Gutter Cleaners arrived.

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Kludged up gutters

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Within an hour of starting work our efficient gutter cleaners had removed the moss and compost that had accumulated, repaired a couple of bowed and cracked brackets and the gutters were working properly again. Job done!

Gutter cleaning Wimbledon, London SW19

Wimbledon blocked gutters Wimbledon cleared gutters

 

These gutters atop a house in Wimbledon, London SW19 were hardly visible under the plant growth that had accumulated in and around them

Our gutter cleaners cleared the plants,  muck and debris out, drained off the standing water then cleaned them through with clean water till they ran cleanly into the downpipes.

The house owner no longer had a rooftop garden encircling his house and more importantly the rainwater wasn’t cascading off his roof any more!

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These gutters in Brentford, Essex were a sight to behold. The lady who called us said she thought they might be blocked. Well, she was right there! There was so much moss and foliage in them that we were wondering whether or not to call Alan Titchmarsh over to cultivate them. We got to work and emptied them by hand and then got them working properly. End result, clear gutters and plenty of compost for the lady’s garden. Job done!