Roof Cleaning Botley offer a complete roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Botley and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively simple way to improve the look of your property, by getting rid of moss and anything else that has built up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and dirt is usually challenging for many owners and becomes a major issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause major issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, getting your roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal however 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 a clean can be night and day. After months and 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 simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I clean it 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 a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, a lot of people would expect having 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. Jet washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can dislodge or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradesmen who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can deliver. 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 at unwanted risk.
What are the best ways 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 effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof attentively before beginning any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Next we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Below are a few of the areas we cover
We cover 35 miles around Bournemouth as well as all nearby areas including:
Some things to consider.
We have already considered some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.