Roof Cleaning Littledown offer a roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Littledown and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned is a quick and easy improvement to make to the appearance of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has grown there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and algae is often very difficult for many homeowners and may become a source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause big 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 plants will rapidly spread out of control with their roots working their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t attractive 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 months and years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward 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.
Should I do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, a lot of people would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it doesn’t require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof attentively before starting any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Below are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover
We can cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth including all local areas including:
Some things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.