Roof Cleaning Alfold offers a full roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Alfold and surrounding villages/towns in Surrey. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple improvement to make to the look of your home, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss can be very difficult for many homeowners and becomes a continual annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause serious problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having a roof cleaned is a required service for a few reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic decision 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 needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely 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 recommend what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I do this alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, many would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of cleaning roofs. Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it does not take any skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof attentively before beginning any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Then we can 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 over time.
A few things to think about.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are a few of the local areas we cover.
We cover the majority of the Surrey including all nearby areas including: