Roof Cleaning Bishop’s Waltham offers a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Bishop’s Waltham and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively simple improvement to make to the appearance of your property, by clearing moss and anything else that has built up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and debris is often very difficult for many owners and becomes a constant problems.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause you big problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of 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 penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t nice to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Could I do this myself?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Also, many would expect roof cleaning 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. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it does not take any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and any 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 stop the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof attentively before starting 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 how best to dislodge the growth. We can then start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time progresses.
Below are some of the nearby areas we cover
We cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth and all surrounding places including:
Some things to think about.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.