Roof Cleaning Crawley offers a complete roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Crawley and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a speedy way of improving the appearance of your property, by clearing moss, dirt and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and debris is usually challenging for most homeowners and becomes a constant cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause big issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have a roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t attractive to look at 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 watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking 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 recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I just clean it alone?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, many would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this method of roof cleaning. Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can dislodge or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who attempt this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it doesn’t take any skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean your 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 – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate your roof carefully 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. We can then begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
A few factors to think about.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently 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 you or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are a few of the nearby areas we cover.
We can cover most of the West Sussex and all local towns including: