Roof Cleaning Findon offer a roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Findon and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a relatively speedy way to improve the appearance of your house, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and dirt may be very difficult for the majority of owners and may become a constant cause for annoyance.
Would it not be great to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you major issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of 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 truth, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive 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 months and years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Can I just clean it alone?
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 many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, many would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this manner of cleaning roofs. Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disturb or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it does not need any skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate 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 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 remove roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof attentively before commencing any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. We can then start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Some factors to consider.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- 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.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling 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.
Below are some of the nearby towns and villages we cover.
We cover most of the West Sussex and all nearby areas including: