What’s Eating your roof?
Are you fed up of moss landing making a mess of your gutters and patio? Moss growing on your roof is not only unsighlty but over time can cause damage to the pointing and structure of the roof.
Throughout the UK many roofs look the same. The damp cool UK climate are the main culprits that help these infestations of microorganisms to grow and spread from roof to roof.
Are you asking yourself is it really worth having your roof cleaned?
There are thousands of different types of microorganisms growing on our roofs the main culprit is moss. Moss grows really thick and before you know it you have moss in your gutters and making a mess on your patio and driveway. Moss can block up your gutters if you don’t keep on top of it with an annual gutter clearing schedule. Water can then get into your roof line and the moss can cause damage to your roof.
Is Pressure washing a good way of cleaning your roof?
Many people think pressure washing is a good idea for roof cleaning. Pressure washing may make your roof look great instantly and clean all the moss off your roof simultaneously. The only thing is that if your moss is covering damage that you cannot see i.e loose roof tiles or poor pointing, it’s a sure fire way of destroying your roof and blasting off your tiles and pointing causing extensive damage. Do you want roof tiles and cement flying off your roof from a pressure washer? Do you want water blasted into your roof space with high pressure?
Can Moss damage your roof?
Moss is like a sponge and when there is lots of moss growing on your roof it’s like a carpet of sponge covering your roof. It grows in all the cracks, crevices and takes root under, in and around the roof tiles. When it rains moss absorbs the water which helps it grow and spread further, Also in colder weather when it freezes the water can expand by approximately 9%.
What is the best way to clean your roof?
There are many risks associated with roof cleaning so its important you select the right roof cleaning company for your roof.
Roofs come in all shapes and size and its not a case of one size fits all. Roofs are structured from many different types of tiles and some roofs maybe in better condition than others. Some Roofs may not be suitable for SoftWash or Roof Cleaning if they are in bad condtion.
It also depends on the infestation level of microorganisms (Moss, Algae, Lichen, Fungus) and how much growth is there.
When its a low infestation level of roof moss it may be safer to have a SoftWash treatment which will kill the moss and allow the weather cycles to softly clean your roof over the coming months. SoftWash is by far the safest way to clean your roof without having to actually get up and manully scrape the moss from the roof.
If there is a heavy infestation of roof moss your roof may require a De-Moss also known as a Roof Moss Removal service which can take time and also can be challenging and technical.
Risks when cleaning your roof
There are many risks associated with roof cleaning, the main one is falling from height which can result in serious injury or even death.
Working at height regulations state that:-
“Roof work is high risk and falls from roofs, through fragile roofs and fragile roof lights are one of the most common causes of workplace death and serious injury. As well as in construction, these accidents can also occur on roofs of factories, warehouses and farm buildings when roof repair work or cleaning is being carried out”
“There is a common misconception that ladders and stepladders are banned, but this is not the case. There are many situations where a ladder is the most suitable equipment for working at height.
For more info on Health and safety please visit (http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg401.pdf)
How can you clean your roof safely ?
If you have not got a head for heights and you don’t want to put yourself or others at risk you have made the first step in reading this information. It’s important that you know that you are in safe hands. SkyLine SoftWash have years of experience in cleaning many different types of roofs in many different regions throughout the UK . SkyLine SoftWash have the right knowledge, Equipment and Licences to clean your roof in a safe way keeping risk to a minimum.
Options of Safe Access to you roof
There are many occasions when cleaning roofs there will be no need to use any access equipment when using a SoftWash System, Soft Washing your roof can be achieved from ground level or gutter level using a ladder. However if you have lots of moss growing on your roof with thick heavy infestation of fungus it may mean using access equipment as your roof may need to have a De-Moss ( Moss removal service)
- Scaffold Towers
- Cherry Pickers
- Scissor Lifts
- Rope Access
- Roof ladders
When using access equipment the risks go up and also the costs. If you can SoftWash your roof before the moss gets too bad and have a proactive SoftWash treatment on your roof you will never have the expense of having to have someone de-moss your roof.
So if your looking at getting your roof cleaned, get it done sooner rather than later as it may cost you more in the long run if you leave it to late!
Steps of How to clean your roof Safely
There are a few options of the best practice of how to clean your roof, to start with its best to go with the safest low risk option which is “SoftWash.” However, one of our team can offer a FREE Roof survey to assess your roof to see which is the most effective and safest way to clean your roof with the best outcome for you.
Roof Cleaning Options
- SoftWash Treatment (allow weather cycles to gently clean the roof after treatment)
- De-Moss (Moss removal for heavy moss build-up)
- De-Moss & SoftWash
- DOFF Steam cleaning (low pressure 150 Degree heat low water volume system)
DOFF Steam cleaning (Roof cleaning option)
If you don’t want to use chemicals there is the option to use DOFF however this is most likely to be the highest cost option due to the cost of running the DOFF and also safe roof access equipment will be needed. It will most likely be the most time consuming too
If you want a non-evasive Soft Steam clean low pressure that can clean your roof without chemicals SkyLine SoftWash can help.
What ever you need SkyLine SoftWash have you covered!
For your FREE SoftWash demo or survey please get in touch and one of our team will be with you as soon as possible.