Roof Cleaning Steeple Langford provides a full roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Steeple Langford and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned is a speedy improvement to make to the look of your property, by getting rid of moss and more that has built up up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and algae can be quite difficult for most householders and can become a constant issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause major problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, getting the roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t pleasant to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Should I just do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Also, lots of people would think getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb 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 longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it does not require any skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the correct 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 needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof attentively before beginning any work, to establish 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. Next we can begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep 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 nearby towns and villages we cover
We cover 35 miles around Bournemouth and all nearby towns including:
Some things to think about.
We have already considered some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present 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?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.