• "Very friendly & good workers. Just a good job".

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    “Very satisfied.”

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  • “The 3 Essential Things YOU Need to Know Before You Restore Your Roof”

    mossy roof tiles close up

    Does Your Roof Look Like This?

     

    Have you ever wondered why your roof is looking so tired and discoloured?

     

    The deterioration gradually creeps up on you as the years of dirt, moss and lichen accumulation starts to take its toll on your concrete or clay tiled roof.

    It’s perhaps most obvious when you see a new development of houses being built, and their roofs are sparkling clean!

    If you’re thinking that it’s time to do something about your roof then this article has been written for you….

    My main goal in writing this short article is to make you aware of all the potential pitfalls and provide you with some experienced guidance, so you’re in a better position to understand and weigh up all your options before you make any informed decision.

    Before we discuss the options available to you, it’s important for you to understand what’s causing the moss and lichen problem on your roof.

    If you have a concrete or clay tile on your roof then it’s fairly safe to say that when your house was first built and the new roof was installed, the new tiles would have had a coating on them, protecting them from all the elements.

    Unfortunately due to the extreme climate in the UK what tends to happen to your concrete or clay tiles, normally after about 15 – 25 years, is that the coating gets eroded away due to the amount of rain we receive in this country.

    Over time there is very little or NO coating remaining on your tiles and it’s at this stage your tiles becomes porous and start absorbing moisture. This then becomes a breeding ground for pollutants such as dirt, moss and lichen.

    Moss and lichen only grow and thrive on damp, moist surfaces…..

    In freezing temperatures, the moisture can cause tiles to crack and break as the water trapped in your tiles freezes and expands. It can also stop your roof from functioning properly because the moss can prevent rain water from draining away properly, further compounding the problem.

    New Estate With New Roofs:

    Option 1.

    At first glance you might think that your only option would be to replace your roof but this isn’t always the case. Providing your roof is structurally sound and not showing signs of sagging or bellying then there are less expensive ways.

    I’ve seen roofs that have been constructed with proper hard wood timbers last 60 – 70 years or more.
    It’s not the timbers that fail first, it’s usually the tiles depending on the type of tile.

    For example, if you have man – made concrete or clay tiles on your roof, as I mentioned before these normally start becoming porous after 15 – 25 years. (Sometimes sooner depending on your location.)

    In my opinion replacing your roof would be a very expensive way of getting rid of a pollutant problem like moss, lichen and algae.

    Option 2.

    To improve the look of your house you could have your roof professionally cleaned. You could have all the moss and lichen pressure washed off your roof. Whilst this option may seem the cheapest it can end up being the most expensive in the long run.

    Let me explain…
    If you have the moss and lichen pressure washed off your roof it may look nice for 6, 12 even 18 months but inevitably the moss and lichen will grow back because you haven’t cured the core problem.

    And that problem is this…. embedded in your porous tile is the spore of the moss, and having your roof pressure cleaned isn’t going to cure this problem.

    The moss spores are still going to be embedded in your porous tiles long after your roof has been cleaned and future rain fall is going to feed that until your roof looks as bad as it did before you had it cleaned.

    Sometimes even worse than it did before!

    In my opinion this is only ever going to be a temporary fix and not a long term solution to your pollutant problem.

    It’s like putting a sticking plaster on a broken arm.

    To take this a step further let me tell you that you should only ever pressure wash a concr ete or clay tiled roof, if and only if, you are going to coat the tiles afterwards.

    Let me clarify this last statement……

    Pressure cleaning your roof is the best most time efficient way of cleaning your roof. But let’s say for example purposes
    here, your roof is 45 years old and it’s covered in dirt, moss andlichen.

    Pressure washing will undoubtedly remove the 45 years worth of dirt, moss and lichen but unfortunately it will also
    remove any trace coatingremaining on your tiles, therefore making your tiles even more porous than when you started.

    My advice would be, if you just want the moss and lichen removed from your roof, get someone to scrape it off with a
    wire brush. This way you should still keep any remaining coating on your tiles.

    WARNING:
    The downside of getting moss and lichen scraped off your roof is that it’s very time consuming, thus making it very expensive. And you still haven’t solved your pollutant problem, because whether you pressure wash or scrape your roof you’ll still have the moss spores embedded in your tiles, and the moss and lichen will definitely grow back again.

    Option 3.

    Rather than going to the disruptive, costly expense of a total roof replacement, or going down the temporary fix route of having your roof professionally cleaned every 12-18 months, there is a more cost effective, more permanent option available to you – that you should seriously consider….

    The benefit of this option is that it gives the visual appearance of a new roof but is a lot more cost effective than a total roof replacement!

    It might sound like I’m going to contradict myself here, so bear with me….

    A complete roof restoration does require the pressure cleaning of your roof simply because it’s the best, quickest and most efficient way of cleaning your roof. But the difference with a complete roof restoration compared to just having your roof cleaned is this……in order to restore your roof to almost new again comes down to the preparation.

    Any good roof restoration company will thoroughly clean all the dirt, moss, lichen and any other pollutants off your roof before they replace any broken or damaged tiles along with any remedial work required like re-pointing ridges, hips and verges.

    After all the remedial repair work has been completed they should then apply an anti-fungicidal solution. This should be left to soak into your tiles, ensuring all moss spores are killed off before applying a minimum of two coats of quality protective coating on the next available dry day.

    So in summary, there certainly are alternatives out there to the costly, time consuming complete roof replacement option. (providing your roof is structurally sound, as I mentioned earlier).

    If you would like a FREE NO OBLIGATION quotation to have your roof cleaned and coated give Kingdom Coatings a call on 0800 228 9436 between 9am and 5pm Monday – Friday

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