Roof Cleaning East Preston provides a full roof cleaning service for home and business properties in East Preston and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a quick way of improving the look of your property, by removing moss, dirt and anything else that has grown on your roof.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and debris can be challenging for many homeowners and may become a continual cause for annoyance.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause major problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time 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 tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, getting the roof cleaned is a required service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, many would think getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs. Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off 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 scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof carefully 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 how best to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.
A few things to think about.
We have already considered some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to us.
Below are a few of the nearby areas we cover.
We cover the majority of the West Sussex and all nearby towns including: