Roof Cleaning Chickerell provides a complete roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Chickerell and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned is a simple way of improving the look of your home, by clearing moss, dirt and more that has built up on your roof.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss can be very difficult for the majority of owners and becomes a constant cause for issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other natural growth could well cause big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread 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 become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, having your roof cleaned is a required service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at and after a while it can 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 observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Can I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would think getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it doesn’t take much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to 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 employing the scraping approach. By 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.
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. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Below are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover
We can cover 35 miles around Bournemouth including all surrounding towns including:
A few factors to think about.
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 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 used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.