Roof Cleaning Swanage offer a full roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Swanage and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy improvement to make to the look of your property, by removing moss, dirt and anything else that has grown up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss is often challenging for many householders and can become a cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause big problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have a roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t pleasant to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely 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 consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Could I just do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it does not need much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this method 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 to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb 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 roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before starting 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 start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Here are some of the towns and villages we cover
We cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth including all surrounding towns including:
A few factors to consider.
We have already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk 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 your quote, and leave it to the pros.