Roof Cleaning Motcombe offers a full roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Motcombe and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick and easy way of improving the look of your home, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often affected by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and dirt is usually very difficult for most owners and can become a major issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause you serious issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, having your roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic preference and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new again?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Should I just do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that 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 lead to a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who attempt this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it doesn’t require much skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way 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 remove roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in 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 after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof carefully before starting any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Below are some of the local places we cover
We cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth and all surrounding towns including:
Some things to consider.
We have already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.