Roof Cleaning Boston provides a roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Boston and surrounding areas in Lincolnshire. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick and easy improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by clearing moss and anything else that has built up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and algae can be quite difficult for the majority of householders and becomes a major cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause big issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Can I do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, many would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often dislodge or break weak tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy companies who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it does not take a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting 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 removed but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof attentively 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. We can then begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement over time.
Some factors to consider.
We have already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.