Roof Cleaning Milton provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Milton and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Roof cleaning can be a quick and easy way of improving the appearance of your property, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are often affected by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and algae can be very difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a major issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you big issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, getting a roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t pleasant to look at and gradually 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 dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Should I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would assume having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, claim it’s easy money and that it doesn’t need any skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What are the best ways 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 kindest yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen 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 specific chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time progresses.
Here are some of the local places we cover
We cover 35 miles around Bournemouth including all local areas including:
A few things to think about.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.