Roof Cleaning Hassocks provides a professional roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Hassocks and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a simple improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing moss, dirt and anything else that has accumulated there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and algae is usually quite difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause you serious problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen 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’s. Really then, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t attractive 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 years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Could I do this myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would assume having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space 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 trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take any skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using 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 killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure 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 roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof attentively before beginning any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Then we can 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 immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Some things to consider.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to us.
Below are some of the local areas we cover.
We cover most of the West Sussex and all local towns including: