Roof Cleaning in Shillingstone

Roof Cleaning Shillingstone provides a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Shillingstone and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Roof cleaning can be a relatively speedy improvement to make to the appearance of your house, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated up there.

As roofs become older and become more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and debris may be challenging for many householders and may become a major source of annoyance.

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

Roof Cleaning in Shillingstone

Why have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Shillingstone

A large build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other organic growth could well cause big problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.

For many though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t pleasant to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean 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 as good as new like it used to?

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

Couldn’t I clean it myself?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Shillingstone

The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious wound.

Additionally, a lot of people would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!

Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.

Many dodgy tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at needless risk.

What are the best ways to clean my roof?

Roof Cleaning Shillingstone

It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be 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 roof cleaning 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 and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying 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 the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.

What is the process?

We will supervise the roof carefully before beginning any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.

Below are some of the places we cover

We cover 35 miles around Bournemouth and all local places including:

Some things to consider.

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

  • Size of house and the size of its roof.
  • How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
  • Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
  • How accessible is the roof?
  • Height of the roof.

Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.