Roof Cleaning Chichester offers a full roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Chichester and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a speedy way to improve the appearance of your home, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up on your roof.
As roofs age and become more porous, many become affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and debris may be very difficult for many householders and becomes a continual source of problems.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you major problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak 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 after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, having your roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new again?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward 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 clean it alone?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, many would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from the roof, but the intense 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!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this method of roof cleaning. Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it does not need a lot of skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
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 most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step 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 specific chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof attentively before beginning any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change over time.
A few things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are some of the local towns and villages we cover.
We can cover the majority of the West Sussex including all surrounding areas including: