Roof Cleaning Alderbury provides a professional roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Alderbury and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned is a speedy way to improve the look of your home, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has accumulated there.
As roofs age and get more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss can be quite difficult for most householders and can become a constant issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause you big problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, having a roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t pleasant to look at and gradually 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 more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Can I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Also, lots of people would assume having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it doesn’t need any skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. We can then start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Below are a few of the places we cover
We cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth and all local areas including:
A few factors to think about.
We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to us.