Roof Cleaning Scotton offers a professional roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Scotton and surrounding villages/towns in Lincolnshire. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick and easy improvement to make to the appearance of your property, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, many become affected by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and debris is often very difficult for the majority of householders and becomes a continual source of annoyance.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A large accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you serious problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, getting the roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is simply 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 professional is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless 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 a clean can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I just clean it myself?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean 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 heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, a lot of people would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy companies who attempt this kind of work, claim it’s easy money and that it doesn’t require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
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 most gentle yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – using this method 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 the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the 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 approach to take to clear out the growth. We can then start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to us.