Roof Cleaning Ashington offers a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Ashington and surrounding areas within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy way of improving the look of your home, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and dirt can be very difficult for most owners and may become a major source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you major issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots working their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t nice to look at 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 more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Could I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why most 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 kinds of heights any type of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would assume getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure 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 any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in 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 know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning 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 absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores 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 there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will investigate your roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
Here are a few of the local areas we cover
We can cover 35 miles around Bournemouth and all surrounding places including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.