Roof Cleaning Underhill provides a complete roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Underhill and surrounding areas within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick and easy improvement to make to the look of your home, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As roofs become older and get more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and dirt is often very difficult for most householders and becomes a cause for issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth could well cause you serious problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses 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 survive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, getting your roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming home. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t pleasant to see and it can over time 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 great to see it looking as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Can I do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, many would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method 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 could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it does not require a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done 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 the roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in 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 are unharmed and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof attentively before commencing any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Below are some of the local areas we cover
We can cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth and all surrounding places including:
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.