Roof Cleaning Copthorne provides a full roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Copthorne and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively quick and easy way of improving the look of your home, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has grown up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, many become affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and dirt can be quite difficult for most homeowners and may become a issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you serious issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a required service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is purely 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 then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t pleasant to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Could I just clean it myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any type of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, many would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of roof cleaning. Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradesmen who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it does not need any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which 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 beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this method 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 that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof carefully before beginning any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Some factors to think about.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling 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.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult 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 free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are some of the local areas we cover.
We cover most of the West Sussex as well as all local places including: