Roof Cleaning Oakdale offers a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Oakdale and surrounding areas within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned can be a speedy way of improving the appearance of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has built up up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss is often quite difficult for many homeowners and may become a continual source of problems.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you serious problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow out of control with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having a roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t attractive 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 observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as 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 possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just do this alone?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disrupt or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who do this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which 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 effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising 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 lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof carefully before starting any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Below are some of the places we cover
We cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth and all nearby places including:
A few things to think about.
We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.