Roof Cleaning Highcliffe offers a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Highcliffe and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned can be a quick improvement to make to the look of your property, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and algae may be challenging for many owners and may become a cause for problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other organic growth could well cause you serious issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive 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. Really then, having your roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t nice to look at and it can over time 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 dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I just do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it requires 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 injury.
Also, lots of people would assume having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it does not require any skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest 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 on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once 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 roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof carefully before beginning any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. We can then start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time passes.
Here are a few of the areas we cover
We cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth including all nearby places including:
A few factors to think about.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.