Roof Cleaning Abbotswood provides a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Abbotswood and surrounding towns and villages in Surrey. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy way of improving the look of your property, by removing moss, dirt and more that has grown there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss is often challenging for the majority of homeowners and becomes a continual cause for issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss, dirt on your roof and other natural growth could well cause big problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning home. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t nice to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier 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 attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Should I just do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would expect roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of cleaning roofs. Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often dislodge or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy companies who attempt this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it doesn’t need much skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure 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 prevent the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Some factors to think about.
We have already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that 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 all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are some of the local areas we cover.
We cover the majority of the Surrey including all nearby areas including: