Roof Cleaning Scunthorpe offer a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Scunthorpe and surrounding towns and villages in Lincolnshire. Getting your roof cleaned can be a speedy way of improving the appearance of your home, by clearing moss and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss is often quite difficult for most homeowners and may become a source of issues.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause serious issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, getting your roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t pleasant 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 months and years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Could I do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would think getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it does not require a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. 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.
As previously stated – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step 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 prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof attentively before beginning any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Some things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with 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 injury to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.