Roof Cleaning West Lulworth offers a full roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in West Lulworth and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple improvement to make to the appearance of your property, by clearing moss, dirt and more that has grown up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and algae is often challenging for the majority of householders and may become a continual cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause big issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage 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 penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming house. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between 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 great to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, lots of people would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the high powered 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!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who carry out this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change over time.
Here are a few of the areas we cover
We can cover 35 miles around Bournemouth and all surrounding areas including:
Some things to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.