Roof Cleaning Milborne Port offer a full roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Milborne Port and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Roof cleaning can be a relatively simple way to improve the appearance of your home, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has grown up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss is often very difficult for most householders and may become a major annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth is likely to cause big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In truth, getting the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Can I do this alone?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it doesn’t take any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Next we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.
Here are some of the places we cover
We can cover 35 miles around Bournemouth and all nearby areas including:
A few things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. 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 injury to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.