Roof Cleaning Scotter offer a roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Scotter and surrounding villages/towns in Lincolnshire. Getting your roof cleaned is a speedy improvement to make to the appearance of your property, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has built up there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and dirt is often challenging for the majority of owners and can become a issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you big problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, getting the roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t nice to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Could I just 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 involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, lots of people would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it does not take any skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can assure. Using proper 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 at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb 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 step 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 with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof attentively before starting any work, to establish the best approach to take 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 purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. 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 with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.