Roof Cleaning Totton offers a full roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Totton and surrounding areas within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned can be a speedy way of improving the look of your home, by removing moss, dirt and more that has accumulated up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, many become affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss is usually quite difficult for many homeowners and can become a constant annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other organic growth may cause major problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having the roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t pleasant 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 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 simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Could I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it involves 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 injury.
Plus, a lot of people would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best 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 unwanted risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to clear away 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 leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof carefully 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. We can then begin to work on eradicating your 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 over time.
Below are a few of the local places we cover
We can cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth including all nearby towns including:
Some things to consider.
We have already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.