Roof Cleaning Alfold Crossways provides a complete roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Alfold Crossways and surrounding areas in Surrey. Getting your roof cleaned is a quick way to improve the look of your house, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and dirt can be challenging for the majority of householders and may become a continual cause for problems.
Would it not be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause big problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in 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 ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, getting the roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Without a doubt, 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 needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Can I just do this alone?
The biggest 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 or comfortable. At these heights any kind of fall can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this manner of cleaning roofs. Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradesmen who do this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof attentively before beginning any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time progresses.
A few factors to think about.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are some of the local places we cover.
We cover the majority of the Surrey and all surrounding towns including: