Roof Cleaning Haywards Heath offer a roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Haywards Heath and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively speedy way to improve the appearance of your house, by getting rid of moss and anything else that has grown on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss can be quite difficult for most homeowners and may become a cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why should I do it?
A large accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause big problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, having a roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic preference and we can’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 periodically tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of cleaning roofs. Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take any skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to identify 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 remove the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
Some things to think about.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are some of the nearby areas we cover.
We can cover the majority of the West Sussex as well as all surrounding places including: