Roof Cleaning Gillingham provides a complete roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Gillingham and surrounding areas within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned can be a simple way to improve the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has built up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and dirt is often very difficult for many homeowners and may become a continual source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause major issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, having your roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t nice to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of watching 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 have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Also, lots of people would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the intense 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 result in more issues in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy companies who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it does not require a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and 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 there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof carefully before commencing any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Here are a few of the places we cover
We cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth and all nearby areas including:
A few things to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, 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 – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.