Roof Cleaning Barford St Martin offer a roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Barford St Martin and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned is a simple way to improve the look of your property, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs become older and get more porous, many become affected by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and algae is usually very difficult for most householders and becomes a issues.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause major problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find 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 penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Can I just do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, many would assume having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of 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 just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, claim that 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 appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step 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 with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. We can then begin to work on purging your 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 change as time passes.
Below are some of the nearby towns and villages we cover
We cover 35 miles around Bournemouth including all surrounding towns including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.