Roof Cleaning Westbourne provides a roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Westbourne and surrounding areas within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Getting your roof cleaned is a simple way of improving the appearance of your home, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, many become affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss may be challenging for many homeowners and becomes a major annoyance.
Would it not be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause you serious problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over 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 can. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning 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 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 consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Could I do this alone?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would think getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it does not need a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest 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 flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after 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 many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Below are some of the towns and villages we cover
We cover a radius 35 miles from Bournemouth and all nearby areas including:
A few things to consider.
We have already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.