Roof Cleaning Colgate provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Colgate and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a quick way to improve the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has built up up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and debris can be very difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a major cause for problems.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth is likely to cause major problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t nice to see and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “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 clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly 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 warning people against this form of roof cleaning. Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it does not take much 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 correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but 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 once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof attentively before beginning any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Then 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 immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
A few things to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are some of the nearby towns and villages we cover.
We can cover most of the West Sussex as well as all surrounding areas including: