Roof Cleaning Ringwood offers a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Ringwood and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned can be a simple way to improve the look of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has built up up there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are often affected by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and debris is usually challenging for many homeowners and becomes a major source of problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you serious problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t nice to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Could I do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of cleaning roofs.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take any skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to remove 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 without leaving any 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 manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof attentively before commencing any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Here are some of the towns and villages we cover
We cover 35 miles around Bournemouth and all nearby places including:
Some things to think about.
We have already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. 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 – for example in the case of 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 yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.