Roof Cleaning Harting offer a professional roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Harting and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned can be a quick way of improving the look of your home, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and debris is often quite difficult for the majority of owners and can become a continual annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you serious problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, having a roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I just do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs. Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it doesn’t need much skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after 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 specific chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof attentively before starting any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. Next we can begin 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 immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.
A few factors to consider.
We have already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are a few of the local places we cover.
We cover the majority of the West Sussex and all nearby towns including: