Roof Cleaning Larkhill offer a complete roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Larkhill and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively quick improvement to make to the appearance of your house, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has built up on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are often affected by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and debris is usually quite difficult for the majority of homeowners and can become a annoyance.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you major problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless 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 observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Could I just do this alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Also, many would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and attention 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 you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. We can then begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change over time.
Below are some of the places we cover
We can cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth including all nearby places including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of the 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 used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to us.