Roof Cleaning Ford provides a complete roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Ford and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively speedy way to improve the appearance of your home, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and dirt is often quite difficult for most householders and may become a source of issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause serious problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In conclusion, getting your roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic decision 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 service is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, lots of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are 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 damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance 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 companies also warning people against this method of cleaning roofs. Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break frail 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, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure 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 investigate the roof attentively before commencing any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
A few things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, 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 – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover.
We cover the majority of the West Sussex and all surrounding areas including: