Roof Cleaning Locks Heath offers a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Locks Heath and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Roof cleaning is a relatively simple way of improving the appearance of your home, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has built up there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, many become invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and algae can be challenging for most owners and may become a annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you serious problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled 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’s. In truth, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic preference and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t nice to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would think roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it does not take any skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof carefully before commencing any work, to determine 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. Next we can begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Below are a few of the areas we cover
We can cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth and all local towns including:
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to us.