Roof Cleaning Witley offer a professional roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Witley and surrounding areas in Surrey. Having your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy way of improving the appearance of your property, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has grown there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss may be challenging for the majority of householders and may become a major source of issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you serious issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly destruction 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 penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t nice to look at 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 progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Can I clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, lots of people would expect roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs. Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Using 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 killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
A few factors to consider.
We have already looked at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are some of the nearby places we cover.
We cover most of the Surrey as well as all surrounding places including: