Roof Cleaning West Wellow offer a full roof cleaning service for private and business properties in West Wellow and surrounding villages/towns within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple way of improving the look of your home, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown on your roof.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and debris may be quite difficult for many homeowners and can become a source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause big issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Can I clean it myself?
The most common 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 and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disturb or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who attempt this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure 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 gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof carefully before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. We can then begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Below are some of the places we cover
We can cover 35 miles around Bournemouth including all nearby towns including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. 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, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.