Roof Cleaning Birdham provides a full roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Birdham and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively speedy way to improve the look of your property, by getting rid of moss and more that has grown up there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and debris is usually challenging for many owners and becomes a major cause for issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other organic growth may cause you major issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also 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 penetrates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, getting the roof cleaned is a required service for a few reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t pleasant to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Can I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, a lot of people would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning. Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it does not need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using 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 killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof attentively 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 best approach to take to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
A few things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are a few of the towns and villages we cover.
We cover the majority of the West Sussex and all local areas including: