Roof Cleaning Lockerley offers a professional roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Lockerley and surrounding areas within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick way of improving the appearance of your house, by clearing moss, dirt and more that has grown there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and debris is often challenging for the majority of homeowners and can become a problems.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause major problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they can. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, having your roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t pleasant to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy 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.
Couldn’t I do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would think having 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. 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 a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it doesn’t need much skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having 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 most gentle yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting 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 roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof carefully before commencing any work, to identify the best course of action 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 cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Below are some of the places we cover
We cover 35 miles around Bournemouth including all nearby places including:
A few things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- 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. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to us.