Roof Cleaning Iwerne Minster offers a professional roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Iwerne Minster and surrounding areas within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy improvement to make to the look of your property, by removing moss and more that has built up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and dirt may be quite difficult for most homeowners and becomes a source of annoyance.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A large accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth may cause big problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way through the cracks into 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 into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, getting a roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic preference 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 prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t nice 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 years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would assume having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of cleaning roofs.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it does not require a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to 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 using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but 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 dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof carefully before starting any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Next we can start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Here are some of the local areas we cover
We can cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth including all local towns including:
A few things to consider.
We have already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.