Roof Cleaning Gunness provides a complete roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Gunness and surrounding villages/towns in Lincolnshire. Roof cleaning is a relatively simple improvement to make to the look of your home, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has built up up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, many become invaded by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and algae can be quite difficult for most owners and may become a constant annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause you serious problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled 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, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I do this 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 many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would expect roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it doesn’t take much skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away 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 best method.
How is it done?
We will investigate your roof attentively before beginning any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
A few things to consider.
We have already considered some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.