Roof Cleaning Fortuneswell offer a complete roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Fortuneswell and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Roof cleaning can be a relatively quick way to improve the look of your house, by clearing moss, dirt and more that has grown on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and algae is often challenging for many householders and can become a constant cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause big issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have the roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t nice 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 months and years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Could I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it does not require a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of 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 there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several 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 course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep 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 nearby places we cover
We can cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth as well as all surrounding places including:
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.