Softwash Roof Cleaning
AJM CLEANING SOLUTIONS also conduct softwash roof cleaning and Moss removal and moss prevention in and around the Inverness and highland area, we use a NEW NONE PRESSURE roof cleaning system and Soft wash Treatments around the Inverness and highlands along with telescopic hand tools to remove years of moss and grime from your roof tiles without the need for high pressure washing or heavy scrubbing.
The Moss Problem : "Gloeocapsa magma"
Here is an Interesting artical below if your into the science of how Moss grows, this was writen in a book called Green Up Your Cleanup. Creative Homeowner.
(Gloeocapsa magma" Moss" is a species of bacteria in the gloeocapsa genus of cyanobacteria, an ancient line of photosynthesizing bacteria, which photolyze water generating oxygen gas. Ancient cyanobacteria were ancestral to the chloroplasts of all plants on earth. Gloeocapsa magma may resemble "algae" in that they are green, but in fact cyanobacteria are bacteria whereas algae are single-celled eukaryotes (cells with nuclei) that are closely related to plants.
Gloeocapsa magma gained notoriety in the uk in the 1990s, but it has since spread throughout . This particular type of cyanobacteria is responsible for creating black stains and streaks on roofs. The bacteria accumulate over time as it feeds on moisture and calcium carbonate. This accumulation begins to show the black stains as the cyanobacteria develop their dark and hard UV-protective outer coating.
The main reasons for the rapid spread and noticeability of these cyanobacteria are thought to be:
- Rising humidity and temperatures combined with more and more bacteria spores promotes their spread with these favorable conditions.
- are made with limestone as a filler (in the asphalt). These tiles hold moisture and organic "bacteria food" material longer (especially on the North-side in the Midwest of the UK) than the paper/asphalt/ceramic tiles of the 1980s. The bacteria are airborne. This cyanobacteria causes substantial destruction to roofs causing tile decay and loss of reflective power. Over time, Gloeocapsa magma breaks down the tiles by feeding off of the limestone granules embedded in the tiles] This decreases a roof's ability to reflect ultra-violet rays of light and shortens the life of the roof.
Once the bacteria have become noticeable, the stains will continue to worsen year to year. As the bacterial colony grows, gravity pulls it downward, resulting in the smear-like stain down roofs resulting in the growth of Moss. Most experts within the subject area conclude the bacteria to be harmful, if left untreated, as the growth holds moisture within tiles causing premature aging, rotting, and/or granule loss .
The buildup of Gloeocaspa magma on residential properties has led to earlier roof replacements, lowered property resale values, insurance companies canceling policies and increased utility costs as the black stained roofing draws in more heat.
There are many available options for the eradication of Gloeocapsa Magma, the most common and most widely accepted solution being an application of a softwash solution based of different complex surfactants and Sodium Hypochlorite . The preferred technique is a non-pressure application of a properly proportioned detergent mix, as this will avoid costly damage to the tiles.)
so now you know the cause of the Moss problem in the UK, its time you take action, below is a brief discription of our process, if you are a keen DIY person then feel free to take a look at our products on the Smartseal link at the end, we have step by step videos and a full range of Moss removal products.
Moss Removal Inverness and highlands :
Most roofs around the Inverness and highlands Depending the condition we will normally pre treat the moss a few days before starting the moss removal process with smartseals Moss clear pro this insures the moss is completly dead, killing into the root structure of the moss making the moss removal safer and easier to remove, once this proccess is complete then we will gently scrape or brush the dead moss off with our telescopic poles and remove the moss from your property. Then we apply our softwash roof cleaning solution called biowash that will be left to dwell for an hour or so, then we will gently rinse off any remaining moss and giving your tiles a Softwash clean during the wash down process. this completes the Moss removal proccess. "there may still be tiny dead white particals of moss in between the joints still visable but these will fade off within a couple of days."
Moss prevention Inverness and highlands:
We also provide a Moss prevention and control service around Inverness and the highlands, Now that your roof is free from moss its always recomended that you apply our moss prevention biocide treatment, this can be done on the same day providing the roof has dried out enough, if not then this can be done at anytime after the softwash preferably within a few months. this will keep your roof clear of moss for up to three times longer than a standard clean without any treatment, this softwash treatment will also help get rid of any white or black spots left behind under the moss as our powerfull biocide continues to act as a slow cleaner. our moss prevention biocide shoud be re applied every two to three years to insure your roof stays completly free of any regrowth of moss.
The safer alternative to Pressure washing :
Softwash roof cleaning is fastly becomming the most popular choice of moss removal and roof cleaning in Inverness and the highlands of Scotland due to the more gentle nature of cleaning as with that of a pressure washer, we also try to conduct most of the cleaning from the ground or gutter level, because of our more gentle method of roof cleaning we are a very safe and popular service with natural slate cleaning, we can remove years of Moss and grime and green algae for your natural slate roof tiles with no risk to damage, we simply apply our product and let the solution take care of the rest.
It is important to note that Softwash roof cleaning is a safer alternative to pressure washing, therfore the nature of this method requires more time for the final results for the likes of stuborn stains like white spots and black spots may take a few months to fade off as the final treatment works over time. however we feel this is a small price to pay in comparison with the damage caused of using high pressure cleaning on roof tiles.
If your roof is in need of moss removal in the inverness and highland area then call 07400515202 or fill out or contact form on the contact us page by clicking here
or if your roof has been cleaned in the past and was left untreated then AJM CLEANING SOLUTIONS can still assist with our moss prevention treatment in the Inverness and highland area.
For soft wash roof cleaning its important to know what products your contractor is using! , at AJM Cleaning Solutions we partner with one of the UK leading suplier of Soft wash products Smartseal for the last 12 years and have built of solid trust in using there soft wash products with confidence, check out the link below for more details on our products for roof cleaning and moss removal and prevention.