Roof Cleaning Downton provides a roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Downton and surrounding areas within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Roof cleaning can be a speedy improvement to make to the look of your house, by getting rid of moss and anything else that has grown there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and algae is often challenging for the majority of homeowners and becomes a cause for issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth may cause you big issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t pleasant to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Could I just do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. 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 you are happy with without you needing 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 specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof carefully 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 how best to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are a few of the areas we cover
We can cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth as well as all nearby places including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.