Roof Cleaning Linwood provides a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Linwood and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively speedy improvement to make to the appearance of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As roofs become older and become more porous, many become affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and dirt may be very difficult for the majority of householders and may become a source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause you serious issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it finds 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 in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t pleasant to look at 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 lovely to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Could I do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, many would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, think 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 level of skill and care that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What 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 kindest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
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 high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising 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 tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change over time.
Below are a few of the nearby areas we cover
We cover 35 miles around Bournemouth including all local areas including:
Some things to consider.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.