Roof Cleaning Braishfield offer a roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Braishfield and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Roof cleaning can be a relatively quick and easy way to improve the look of your house, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has grown there.
As roofs age and get more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and algae is usually quite difficult for most householders and may become a continual cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause you major problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just do this alone?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, lots of people would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also advising against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy companies who carry out this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it doesn’t require much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how 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 company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. 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 roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak 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 once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof attentively before beginning any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Below are a few of the areas we cover
We can cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth as well as all surrounding places including:
A few things to think about.
We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with 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 damage to you or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.