Roof Cleaning in Portswood

Roof Cleaning Portswood provides a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Portswood and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned is a speedy improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has built up there.

As a roof becomes older and get more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and dirt can be quite difficult for most homeowners and may become a major annoyance.

Would it not be nice to have your roof look new again?

Roof Cleaning in Portswood

Why have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Portswood

A large accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause serious problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, having your roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.

For many people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new once more?

Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.

Should I just clean it alone?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Portswood

The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of slip can result in a very serious injury.

Also, a lot of people would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!

Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.

Many rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.

Which is the best way to clean my roof?

Roof Cleaning Portswood

It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .

As previously stated – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.

One more effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.

How is it done?

We will supervise your roof carefully before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time passes.

Here are some of the places we cover

We can cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth and all surrounding towns including:

A few factors to think about.

We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, consider just a few more.

  • Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
  • How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
  • The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
  • How accessible is the roof?
  • How high is the roof?

Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.