Roof Cleaning Albury offers a professional roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Albury and surrounding villages/towns in Surrey. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick and easy way of improving the appearance of your house, by clearing moss and more that has built up there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss is usually quite difficult for the majority of householders and can become a cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you major problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually 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 weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, having a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t pleasant 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 years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would assume having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning. Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it does not require any skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof attentively before beginning any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. We can then begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
Some factors to think about.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are a few of the nearby areas we cover.
We can cover the majority of the Surrey including all local towns including: