Roof Cleaning Ashurst Wood offer a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Ashurst Wood and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick and easy way to improve the appearance of your house, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are gradually affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and algae is often challenging for the majority of owners and can become a major problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause serious problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and after 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 could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a necessary job for many reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however 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 a clean can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, a lot of people would think roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this method of roof cleaning. Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising 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 targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure 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 bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time passes.
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are a few of the places we cover.
We cover most of the West Sussex including all surrounding places including: