Roof Cleaning Balcombe offers a professional roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Balcombe and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick and easy way of improving the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has accumulated there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and debris is often challenging for most homeowners and can become a major problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other natural growth may cause big issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, getting a roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can 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 more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, many would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your 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 quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of roof cleaning. Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it does not take a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after 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 roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate your 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 remove the growth. We can then start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change over time.
A few factors to think about.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example 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 insult to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are a few of the local areas we cover.
We can cover most of the West Sussex including all local places including: