Roof Cleaning Blandford Forum offers a roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Blandford Forum and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Roof cleaning is a speedy improvement to make to the appearance of your house, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated there.
As roofs age and get more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and debris can be challenging for most owners and can become a continual source of issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause major problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of 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 they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, having your roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Can I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, lots of people would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who carry out this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it doesn’t take much skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once 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 growing back for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. We can then begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Here are some of the areas we cover
We cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth and all surrounding areas including:
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.