Roof Cleaning Charlton Horethorne offers a professional roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Charlton Horethorne and surrounding areas within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick and easy improvement to make to the appearance of your house, by removing moss, dirt and more that has grown up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and without moss can be challenging for many homeowners and may become a annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause big issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it works 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 discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, getting your roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t nice to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty 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 have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Should I clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think it is easy money or that it does not take much skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by using 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 from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other 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 absorb into the tile but 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 removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to clear out 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 immediate improvement and continued change over time.
Here are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover
We can cover 35 miles around Bournemouth including all nearby towns including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.