Roof Cleaning Hunston offer a complete roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Hunston and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Roof cleaning is a speedy way of improving the appearance of your home, by removing moss and more that has accumulated there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss is often challenging for many owners and may become a constant source of issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A large accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause you major problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout 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. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, having your roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t attractive to look at 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 observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider 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 want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure 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 method of roof cleaning. Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who attempt this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it doesn’t need much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be 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 flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods 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 gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof attentively before starting any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating 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 things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example 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 dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to us.
Below are a few of the areas we cover.
We can cover most of the West Sussex including all nearby areas including: