Roof Cleaning Colden Common offers a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Colden Common and surrounding areas within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick way to improve the appearance of your home, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and debris is often quite difficult for many homeowners and becomes a issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth could well cause you serious issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a frequent 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 pleasant to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I just do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing but 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 get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it doesn’t need any skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure 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 hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before starting any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. We can then start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Below are a few of the towns and villages we cover
We can cover 35 miles around Bournemouth including all nearby places including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.