Roof Cleaning Otterbourne offers a professional roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Otterbourne and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy way to improve the look of your house, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up on your roof.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss is usually quite difficult for the majority of owners and becomes a continual cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you serious issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary 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 unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can 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 more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Can I clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy companies who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct 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 needless risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure 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 by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof carefully before commencing any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Below are some of the nearby areas we cover
We can cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth including all surrounding places including:
Some factors to think about.
We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The 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, don’t risk serious injury to you or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.