Roof Cleaning Ferring offers a professional roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Ferring and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a quick and easy improvement to make to the look of your property, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has grown there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and dirt is often quite difficult for many owners and may become a constant source of issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause major problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, getting the roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t attractive to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Can I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, lots of people would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of 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!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning. Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disturb or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it does not take a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Next we can start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
A few factors to think about.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house 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 the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are a few of the nearby areas we cover.
We cover most of the West Sussex as well as all nearby places including: