Roof Cleaning Woking offers a full roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Woking and surrounding villages/towns in Surrey. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy way to improve the appearance of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and debris may be challenging for the majority of homeowners and may become a constant source of issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause serious issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having the roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Can I just do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Also, many would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs. Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it does not require a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after 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 step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof attentively 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 purging your 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 over time.
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. 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 house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are some of the nearby areas we cover.
We can cover the majority of the Surrey as well as all local places including: