Roof Cleaning Lytchett Matravers offer a full roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Lytchett Matravers and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple improvement to make to the look of your home, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has built up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and debris is often challenging for the majority of householders and becomes a constant source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth could well cause you serious problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover 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 damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t nice to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I just clean it myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, lots of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradesmen who do this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it does not require a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience 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 are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising 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 killing off 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 dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect 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 look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
Here are some of the towns and villages we cover
We cover 35 miles around Bournemouth including all surrounding areas including:
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is 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 attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.