Roof Cleaning Winchester provides a roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Winchester and surrounding areas within a 35 mile radius of Bournemouth. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively quick and easy way to improve the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has accumulated up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and debris can be very difficult for the majority of householders and may become a continual issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause you serious problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow out of control with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t nice to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I do this myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would assume 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. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. How true is that? A service 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 understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. 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. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof attentively before commencing any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. We can then start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Here are some of the local places we cover
We can cover 35 miles around Bournemouth including all nearby places including:
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- 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 dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.