Roof Cleaning Cowfold offers a roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Cowfold and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick way of improving the look of your house, by removing moss and more that has grown there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and dirt is usually very difficult for most owners and becomes a source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause you major issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, getting a roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t nice to see 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 observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Should I do this alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, many would think roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing also 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 a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disturb or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – with 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 to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change over time.
A few things to consider.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are some of the areas we cover.
We cover most of the West Sussex including all surrounding areas including: