Roof Cleaning Bonby offer a full roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Bonby and surrounding areas in Lincolnshire. Having your roof cleaned can be a quick way of improving the look of your property, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and algae is often quite difficult for most homeowners and can become a cause for issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause major problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it may 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 finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have the roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all 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 seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of fall can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, a lot of people would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can dislodge or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, think that it is 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 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 company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, 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 after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof attentively before beginning any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change over time.
A few things to think about.
We’ve already hinted 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 size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently 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 all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.