Roof Cleaning Ampfield provides a complete roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Ampfield and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy way to improve the look of your house, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss is often challenging for the majority of owners and can become a source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause serious issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, having a roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t nice to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Should I clean it myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Also, many would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it doesn’t take much skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are some of the local towns and villages we cover
We can cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth and all nearby areas including:
A few things to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.