Roof Cleaning Horton provides a full roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Horton and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Roof cleaning can be a quick and easy improvement to make to the appearance of your house, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and algae can be very difficult for the majority of owners and may become a major source of issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause you big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they can. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, having your roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t pleasant to see and gradually 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 observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Could I do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, lots of people would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it does not need any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using the correct 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 unwanted risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof carefully before starting any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. We can then begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are some of the areas we cover
We cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth as well as all nearby places 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, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.