Roof Cleaning Oliver’s Battery offers a complete roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Oliver’s Battery and surrounding areas within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple improvement to make to the look of your home, by removing moss, dirt and more that has accumulated up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and debris can be quite difficult for many homeowners and may become a continual annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause you serious issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread out of control with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge securing 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. Lastly you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, getting your roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see 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 watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Could I just clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, a lot of people would think roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered 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 simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it doesn’t require much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
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 kindest yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off 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 removed but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate your roof attentively before starting any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Below are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover
We cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth including all local areas including:
A few things to think about.
We have already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, 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 – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to us.