Roof Cleaning Ardingly offer a roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Ardingly and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Roof cleaning is a simple way of improving the appearance of your home, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has grown on your roof.
As roofs become older and become more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and dirt may be very difficult for most householders and can become a source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth could well cause you big issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, having the roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive to see 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 watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I clean it alone?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t 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 any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of cleaning roofs. Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disturb or break delicate 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 rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it doesn’t need much skill. How wrong can they be 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 deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
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.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to establish 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. Then we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Some factors to consider.
We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are some of the local areas we cover.
We cover the majority of the West Sussex as well as all surrounding towns including: