Roof Cleaning Knowle provides a complete roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Knowle and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and algae can be challenging for many owners and may become a source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you serious issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary job for many reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t pleasant to see and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Can I clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, 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 ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away 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 is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disturb or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof attentively before commencing any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.
Below are a few of the local towns and villages we cover
We can cover 35 miles around Bournemouth as well as all nearby places including:
A few things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to us.