Roof Cleaning Billingshurst provides a complete roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Billingshurst and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy improvement to make to the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has built up up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and dirt is usually very difficult for most householders and becomes a cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause you big problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find 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 conclusion, getting the roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Can I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, a lot of people would assume having 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. Jet washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity 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. Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it does not require any skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying 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 there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof attentively before commencing any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Next we can start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
A few things to consider.
We have already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover.
We cover most of the West Sussex as well as all surrounding towns including: