Roof Cleaning Hale provides a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Hale and surrounding towns and villages in Surrey. Having your roof cleaned is a quick and easy way to improve the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has accumulated on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become invaded by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss may be very difficult for most homeowners and becomes a major annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause you big problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, having a roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless 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 months and years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
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 clean it myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Also, many would think getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it doesn’t take much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. 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 efficiently remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach 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 to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting 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 impede the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Some things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are a few of the local places we cover.
We cover the majority of the Surrey including all surrounding places including: