Roof Cleaning Ash offers a complete roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Ash and surrounding areas in Surrey. Getting your roof cleaned is a quick and easy way of improving the appearance of your house, by getting rid of moss and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and become more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and debris is usually quite difficult for many owners and may become a constant cause for annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss, dirt on your roof and other natural growth may cause big issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having your roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic preference and we don’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 professional is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t nice to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Can I just do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, many would think getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning. Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage 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 require a lot of skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying 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 dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof attentively before beginning any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Next we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
A few factors to think about.
We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are some of the local towns and villages we cover.
We cover most of the Surrey and all surrounding areas including: