Roof Cleaning Grateley offers a roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Grateley and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Roof cleaning can be a relatively quick way of improving the look of your house, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, many become affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss is usually quite difficult for the majority of owners and becomes a major source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause major problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a required service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I do this myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Also, lots of people would think getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradesmen who do this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it does not need any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Applying 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 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 by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof carefully before starting any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Here are a few of the local towns and villages we cover
We cover 35 miles around Bournemouth as well as all nearby places including:
Some factors to consider.
We have already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.