Roof Cleaning Broadbridge Heath provides a roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Broadbridge Heath and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a quick improvement to make to the look of your house, by getting rid of moss and more that has built up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and debris is usually quite difficult for many owners and can become a continual issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause big problems with the 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 uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t nice to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost 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 look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Could I just do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, lots of people would think roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs. Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it does not take a lot of skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out 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 immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.
A few things to think about.
We have already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with 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 injury to yourself or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to us.
Below are a few of the local areas we cover.
We can cover most of the West Sussex as well as all nearby areas including: