Roof Cleaning Wickham provides a complete roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Wickham and surrounding towns and villages within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively simple way of improving the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has grown up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are gradually affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and algae is often challenging for many owners and becomes a annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause you big problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless 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 seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any sort of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think it is easy money or that it doesn’t need much skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial 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 efficiently flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to establish 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. Next we can begin to work on purging 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 over time.
Here are a few of the places we cover
We cover 35 miles around Bournemouth including all surrounding towns including:
Some factors to consider.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or dis-repair 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 us.