Roof Cleaning Alderholt offers a full roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Alderholt and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned can be a simple way of improving the look of your home, by clearing moss, dirt and more that has grown on your roof.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and debris is often very difficult for most owners and can become a constant problems.
Would it not be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause major issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, having your roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning home. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t pleasant to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Should I just do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any type of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Also, many would expect roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, think it is easy money or that it does not need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting 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 scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.
Below are some of the local towns and villages we cover
We cover 35 miles around Bournemouth as well as all nearby areas including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to us.