Roof Cleaning Horsted Keynes offer a complete roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Horsted Keynes and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a speedy way of improving the look of your home, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has built up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and dirt is often very difficult for the majority of householders and can become a cause for annoyance.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you major issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover 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. In truth, having the roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I do this alone?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, a lot of people would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of roof cleaning. Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often dislodge or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who do this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it does not need a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What are the best ways 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 remove roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – 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. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process 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 bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof carefully 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 approach to take to clear out the growth. We can then start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, 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 – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover.
We cover most of the West Sussex including all nearby areas including: