If you own a rooflight, you will understand the importance of routine rooflight cleaning. If you are a prospective buyer who is interested in purchasing a rooflight, we would encourage you to consider regular cleaning as a part of ownership.
Not only does it help to preserve the condition of the system but it ensures your property, overall, does not experience degradation.
Depending on the location, and the size of the rooflight, it can be difficult to clean. This begs the question: is rooflight cleaning best handled by a professional? Well, not always.
In the following article, we are going to explore the importance of cleaning for product preservation. Moreover, we are going to outline when it is acceptable to clean your rooflight and when you may need to enlist the help of an expert. Continue below for more information.
Why Rooflight Cleaning Is Important
If you are a new owner or are simply looking to take the steps towards ownership, the concept of rooflight cleaning may not seem like a priority. However, it is highly recommended that sufficient, routine cleaning is performed.
This is because, overtime, dirt, dust and debris collects which can significantly speed up the degradation process. This is from an aesthetic point of view but will also increase the likelihood of the system breaking and requiring costly repairs.
Moreover, one of the huge benefits of a rooflight installation is the increased light exposure that you can enjoy. An unclean unit, however, will minimise the amount of light which can successfully transfer through.
The importance of routine cleaning and maintenance cannot be understated. For new owners however, it isn’t always clear if cleaning should be completed by themselves or handled by an expert. The truth is, the answer will depend on your unique circumstances.
There are positives and negatives to each, which we are going to explore below. In some cases however, regardless of the positives or negatives, it is not possible to clean your system by yourself. This is especially true if it is in an awkward location and you have no experience working at heights, as this presents a safety concern.
If it is possible to clean your unit safely, there are pros and cons to consider. The same is true for hiring an external expert. We explore both below.
Giving It a Go Yourself: Pros and Cons
In some cases, cleaning can be done without the support of a professional. There are a few positives and negatives to consider though. Firstly, we will start with the positives. Cleaning yourself will save you money, is convenient and can be done immediately. Hiring a professional may require a wait, depending on the popularity of the person.
The cost savings and convenience are highly attractive to many homeowners. However, tackling it yourself does not come without some setbacks.
Depending on your experience level, there may be safety concerns. If you do not feel comfortable tackling cleaning, and your unit is in an awkward position, we would always recommend that you enlist the help of a professional.
Moreover, you may lack the specific tools and equipment to clean to a sufficient standard. Experienced window cleaners are likely to deliver phenomenal results, through experience and the availability of professional cleaning equipment.
Hiring a Professional for Rooflight Cleaning
Above we explored the pros and cons of DIY cleaning. If you do not have the time to commit to the job yourself, you may be looking to enlist the support of an expert. Whilst doing this has undeniable positives, there are also a few drawbacks to consider.
Hiring a cleaner with commercial or residential window cleaning experience is likely to generate fantastic results. Although homeowners are able to obtain a great finish, the experience and expertise of a professional window cleaner results in a highly professional clean.
Additionally, they are likely to have access to all the necessary equipment. If you are inexperienced or a new owner, you might not have items such as a ladder and other cleaning supplies. This can be costly, so morealess defeats the point of doing it yourself if cost savings are in the incentive.
Common cons include the cost attached as well as the availability of services. Hiring a professional is, of course, more expensive than cleaning yourself. Moreover, depending on the popularity of the cleaner there may be a long wait.
Because of this, many people opt for self cleaning rooflights. The type of system features a protective film which removes the majority of cleaning responsibilities. However, it is likely to cost more. Those on a budget often benefit from a standard, off the shelf unit.
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We at Lonsdale Metal hope you enjoyed the following article, and have the necessary information and insight to make a decision.
Whilst many people opt to clean their own rooflight, it is not recommended for those without experience or for complex installations.