Roof Cleaning Portchester offers a complete roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Portchester and surrounding areas within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick way to improve the look of your home, by clearing moss and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs age and get more porous, many become affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and algae is often quite difficult for most owners and can become a constant issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you serious issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, having the roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For many 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 moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning house. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, many would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break weak tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way 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 clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Below are some of the areas we cover
We cover 35 miles around Bournemouth and all local places including:
A few factors to think about.
We have already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.