Roof Cleaning Bottesford provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Bottesford and surrounding towns and villages in Lincolnshire. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick and easy way of improving the look of your home, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has built up up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss may be quite difficult for the majority of owners and may become a annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you big issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected 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 tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, having the roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
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 recommend what the best way to do this is.
Can I just do this alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, a lot of people would assume having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take much skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof carefully before beginning any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time progresses.
A few factors to think about.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.