Roof Cleaning Odstock provides a full roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Odstock and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick and easy improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by getting rid of moss and more that has grown on your roof.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and dirt may be very difficult for the majority of homeowners and can become a major cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other organic growth may cause major problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, having the roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t nice to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Can I clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would think roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money and that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care 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 pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on the 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 risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
Here are some of the local towns and villages we cover
We can cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth including all surrounding towns including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. 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 injury to you or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.