Roof Cleaning Chilworth offers a roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Chilworth and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Roof cleaning is a quick and easy way to improve the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and algae may be quite difficult for many householders and may become a continual source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you major problems 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 rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, getting your roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, 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 needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces 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 trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t take any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof carefully before commencing any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge 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 instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Below are some of the local areas we cover
We can cover 35 miles around Bournemouth including all nearby places including:
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.