Roof Cleaning Guildford offers a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Guildford and surrounding towns and villages in Surrey. Having your roof cleaned can be a quick way to improve the look of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has grown up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and debris is often quite difficult for many owners and becomes a major cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you big problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
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 recommend what the best way to do this is.
Should I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, many would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs. Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it does not need much skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off 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 remain intact and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example 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, don’t risk serious damage to you or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are some of the nearby places we cover.
We cover the majority of the Surrey and all nearby areas including: