Roof Cleaning Lincoln offers a complete roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Lincoln and surrounding towns and villages in Lincolnshire. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick way of improving the look of your home, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and algae may be very difficult for the majority of homeowners and can become a continual source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth could well cause you big issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having your roof cleaned is a necessary job for many reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is solely 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 at that point a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming home. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to see 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 seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Could I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, a lot 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 clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disturb or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – with this approach 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 to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after 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 hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof carefully before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. We can then start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Some things to think about.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points 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 a free quote, and leave it to us.