Roof Cleaning Great Bookham offers a roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Great Bookham and surrounding villages/towns in Surrey. Having your roof cleaned is a quick improvement to make to the look of your home, by clearing moss, dirt and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As roofs age and get more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and dirt is usually quite difficult for most homeowners and may become a source of issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause major issues with your 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 spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover 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 saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t attractive to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, lots of people would assume having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning. Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradesmen who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it does not require any skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using proper 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 needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways 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 kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate your roof with care and attention before starting any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
A few factors to consider.
We have already looked at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- 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 damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are some of the towns and villages we cover.
We cover the majority of the Surrey as well as all local areas including: