Roof Cleaning Hythe provides a professional roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Hythe and surrounding areas within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively simple way to improve the look of your home, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated there.
As roofs age and get more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and dirt is usually challenging for the majority of homeowners and becomes a source of issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you big issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose 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, getting your roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at 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 watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new again?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Could I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would assume getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it doesn’t take much skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once 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 any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof carefully before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are some of the towns and villages we cover
We cover 35 miles around Bournemouth as well as all surrounding towns including:
A few factors to consider.
We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.