Roof Cleaning Leverton provides a roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Leverton and surrounding areas in Lincolnshire. Having your roof cleaned can be a simple way of improving the look of your house, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss is often very difficult for the majority of householders and may become a major source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of moss and algae on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause you major issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots 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 live, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a required service for a few reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t pleasant to see and gradually 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 dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Should I clean it myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably 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 a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it doesn’t need any skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time passes.
A few things to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to us.