Roof Cleaning Southbourne offer a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Southbourne and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned is a simple way to improve the look of your home, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and become more porous, many become invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and dirt is often challenging for most householders and becomes a continual problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth could well cause you serious issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also periodically tarnished 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 completely natural however it isn’t nice to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Can I clean it myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, lots of people would think having 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 should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it doesn’t need much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the correct 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.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
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 get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – 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 the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once 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 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 with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof attentively before starting any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement over time.
Here are a few of the local towns and villages we cover
We can cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth and all surrounding areas including:
A few things to consider.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.