Roof Cleaning Portesham offer a professional roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Portesham and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick and easy way of improving the look of your home, by getting rid of moss and more that has accumulated up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become affected by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and debris may be challenging for many owners and becomes a constant issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
A large build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause serious problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen 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. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For many though cleaning their 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 then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of observing 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 try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Can I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who carry out 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 like this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the right 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 at needless risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest 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 in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure 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 roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof attentively before beginning any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. We can then start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
Below are some of the local towns and villages we cover
We cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth including all nearby towns including:
Some factors to think about.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to us.