Roof Cleaning Marchwood provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Marchwood and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick and easy improvement to make to the look of your home, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has grown there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and debris may be very difficult for many homeowners and may become a major source of issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause serious problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, having a roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning home. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between 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 great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it does not take any skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof carefully before beginning any work, to determine 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. We can then begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Below are some of the towns and villages we cover
We can cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth including all local places including:
Some factors to think about.
We have already looked at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, 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 – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.