Roof Cleaning East Wittering offer a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in East Wittering and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned can be a speedy improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, many become affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and algae is often challenging for most householders and may become a constant annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A large build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause you serious problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread out of control with their roots working 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 survive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration 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 can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In conclusion, getting the roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t nice to see 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 observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Also, lots of people would assume getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of cleaning roofs. Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disturb 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 dodgy companies who attempt this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job 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 you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
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 get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by employing 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 – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
A few things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to us.
Below are some of the towns and villages we cover.
We can cover most of the West Sussex as well as all local towns including: