Roof Cleaning Sway provides a full roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Sway and surrounding areas within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Roof cleaning can be a quick way to improve the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has built up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often affected by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and algae can be quite difficult for most homeowners and becomes a major cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you big issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean 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 almost as good as new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Can I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would think roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who do this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it does not need much skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying 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 scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof attentively before starting any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Here are a few of the places we cover
We cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth as well as all nearby towns 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 house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently 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 everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.