Roof Cleaning Crawley Down provides a full roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Crawley Down and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple improvement to make to the appearance of your property, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss may be challenging for most homeowners and can become a annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause major problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. 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. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, having a roof cleaned is a required service for many reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Can I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, a lot of people would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of roof cleaning. Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it does not need much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best 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 in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement over time.
A few things to think about.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with 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 insult to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are a few of the nearby places we cover.
We can cover the majority of the West Sussex and all surrounding places including: