Roof Cleaning Alcester offer a complete roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Alcester and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned can be a simple way of improving the appearance of your property, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and debris is usually challenging for the majority of homeowners and can become a constant annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you big problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In truth, getting the roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t nice to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Can I clean it myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, many would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it does not need any skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof with care and attention before starting any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. We can then start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Below are a few of the nearby areas we cover
We cover 35 miles around Bournemouth including all local places including:
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to us.