Roof Cleaning Funtington provides a roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Funtington 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 getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has grown up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and algae may be very difficult for many householders and can become a source of problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you serious issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms 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 through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, having your roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t nice 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 observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great 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 consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I clean it alone?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would expect roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also advising against this manner of cleaning roofs. Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take much skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
Which are the best ways 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 gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof attentively before beginning 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 way to remove the growth. Next 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 instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
A few things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are a few of the areas we cover.
We can cover most of the West Sussex as well as all nearby areas including: