Roof Cleaning Hedge End offer a roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Hedge End and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned can be a speedy way to improve the look of your home, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has grown there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are gradually affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and dirt is often quite difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a major source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause serious issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen 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, having your roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning 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?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I just clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, many would think roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it doesn’t require much skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting 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 removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede 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 beginning any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Here are some of the areas we cover
We can cover 35 miles around Bournemouth as well as all local areas including:
A few things to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.