Roof Cleaning Old Sarum offer a professional roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Old Sarum and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick and easy improvement to make to the look of your home, by clearing moss, dirt and anything else that has grown on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and dirt can be challenging for many householders and can become a source of annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you big problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have the roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, 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 natural appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t pleasant to see and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get more and more dirty 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 have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Can I clean it alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would assume having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however 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 get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who do this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it doesn’t take any skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step 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 bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your 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 way to remove the growth. We can then begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.
Here are some of the nearby towns and villages we cover
We cover 35 miles around Bournemouth including all local areas including:
A few things to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to us.