Roof Cleaning Donnington offers a full roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Donnington and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a relatively quick way to improve the appearance of your house, by removing moss, dirt and more that has grown on your roof.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and dirt is usually very difficult for most owners and can become a constant source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth may cause major issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, getting the roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing 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 lovely to see it looking as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I just clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, many would expect roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this method of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it does not take any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof carefully before beginning any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. We can then start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.
A few things to think about.
We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example 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 damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are a few of the areas we cover.
We cover the majority of the West Sussex including all nearby places including: