Roof Cleaning Felpham provides a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Felpham and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a relatively quick and easy improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has grown up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and dirt is usually very difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a constant cause for annoyance.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other natural growth may cause big problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, getting a roof cleaned is a required service for many reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would think roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of roof cleaning. Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who carry out this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it does not take a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof carefully before starting any work, to identify 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. Then we can start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
A few things to think about.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are a few of the nearby areas we cover.
We can cover the majority of the West Sussex and all nearby areas including: