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MAGIC ON ROOFS AS WELL !!
on 10 February 2013
I have been using Patio Magic for several years now. There are other similar products out there but I belief they are dearer. I have also found that Amazon's price has been very competitive over the years as against using my over sixties discount card or promotions in the mainstream DIY or Gardening centres who only seem to carry minimal if any stock! I am aware that bleach will do a similar job, but feel it is crude by comparison!!
FACT. This is a really good product that is capable of giving excellent results. Like many diy jobs preparation is imperative. If you have heavy mould, algae or moss either pressure spray, scrape or wire brush first ( I have a Wolf garden tool that takes different attachments one of which is a hard wearing wire brush that simply clips on). Yes, its not the pleasantest of jobs to do, BUT I have only needed to do it ONCE, several years ago. From my experience it is important to apply Patio Magic on a cool or mild, windless dry day with no rain forecast for the following 24 hours at least. I use it in the spring or autumn. Do not skimp, use the full strength 4 -1 mix, a weak mix is false economy. You may find that your treated area dries up on the dark side, this seems to disappear quite soon, the solution really does seem to carry on working for many months.
APPLICATION. I use a HoZelock 5 ltr Premium Plus garden spray when treating my roof as I find the pressure really gets the mix into and between the concrete tiles. I use a large watering can fitted with a "weed" sprout (£3.50 from Homebase/Amazon?) rather than an ordinary rose when treating the patio. A small spray bottle or any old ,clean brush is also handy for any hard to get at areas where moss and mould often lurk. Suggest you wear waterproof gloves. You need to keep the kids and pets away for a few hours or so.
HISTORY. We live in a bungalow with an "L" shaped roof and yes, I appreciate its a lot easier to treat a bungalow rather than a house roof due to its diminutive height. Our home was 12/13 years old, similar in age and style to the surrounding properties, and being near the coast, already had a quite substantial amount of mould/algae/moss? growing on it. We spent two days removing as much of this as possible. (With hindsight I could have got one of these contractors that pressure spray roofs,although they dont work cheap). I then sprayed it with a 4.1 mix of Patio Magic, this only took about three hours. And WOW!! a few of the locals really thought we had had a new roof fitted. It looks good. As the manufacturer states it carries on working for months, I agree with this. In fact this was done in October 2006, I never touched it again untill April 2010, and it was still looking good, this time it simple took three hours to spray as no moss had reappeared, there was no more preparation to do. I am generous with the spray as obviously you loose some due to the slope of the roof, I start at the bottom and work my way up..I intend to do another spray in a few ,months (weather dependant) as it is now almost three years again since the last treatment, it still looks good, and there is no moss at all, whereas the bungalow roofs around us are smothered in moss making them look years older.
We have a fairly large front which is block paved, I must admit to neglecting this. However last July using my Wolf garden tool with its wire brush attachment I removed as much moss as possible and then late evening as the temperature cooled down I applied the Patio magic using a watering can (not one we use on plants) fitted with the "weed control" rose. Seven months on and it is still weed free, but I intend to treat it again in the spring. It is also a bonus that apart from killing the weeds etc, it brings the blocks up like new. I always order well in advance, but credit to Amazon my last order arrived in under 48 hours. Impressed.
UPDATE. I managed to give the roof another spray in between the changeable weather conditions that we have been experiencing. I used a cool, dry, windless day in mid May 2013, and gave it a thorough spraying,this time with a slightly stronger 3.5 to 1 mix. It looks better than ever showing up against the surrounding properties even more. It seems to be building a resistance to moss and algae with continuous coats even though they are spaced out over the years,as there was not a trace of anything at all on my roof (except for the odd bit of bird dung) I used just four 5Ltr cans for this.
I have on the 1st June 2013 given our block paved front a good soaking using a 4.1 mix, it was a cool dampish day but rain free, and as correctly forecast staying dry for a good few days afterwards. I confess to using seven 5Ltr cans of Magic for this, costing £126, but it has been eleven months since the last application, and some weeds were just beginning to grow through again. ( Everywhere locally is knee deep in weeds due to the weather being favourable for them) and I would imagine that aged Block Paving is one of the toughest materials to keep weed free! Having said that our front is really looking good now, and there's not a weed in sight.