Roof Cleaning Barnham offer a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Barnham and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a speedy way of improving the look of your house, by clearing moss and more that has built up on your roof.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and dirt can be challenging for the majority of owners and becomes a constant cause for issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why should I do it?
A large accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause major issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming home. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t pleasant to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Should I just do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, many would think getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will simply 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 companies also advising against this form of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break weak tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it does not need much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By 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 .
Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of 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 with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof carefully before commencing any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.
Some things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to us.
Below are a few of the local areas we cover.
We can cover the majority of the West Sussex including all nearby places including: