Roof Cleaning Horsham provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Horsham and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Roof cleaning is a relatively speedy way of improving the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has built up there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and dirt can be very difficult for many homeowners and may become a major cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause major problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread out of control with their roots working 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 live, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, having your roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “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.
Could I do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered 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!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning. Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it does not require much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof carefully before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
Some things to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned 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 call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are some of the local towns and villages we cover.
We cover the majority of the West Sussex as well as all nearby places including: