Roof Cleaning Poole offers a complete roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Poole and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by clearing moss and more that has grown on your roof.
As a roof ages and become more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and debris may be quite difficult for most householders and can become a major source of issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause you big problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over the course of 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 possible. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, getting your roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t nice to see 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 months and years of seeing 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 straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Should I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, many would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it does not need a lot of skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. 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 in dry conditions will efficiently 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 approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen 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 specific chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Below are some of the towns and villages we cover
We cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth including all surrounding areas including:
A few things to think about.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. 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 damage to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.