Roof Cleaning Itchingfield offers a complete roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Itchingfield and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has accumulated there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and dirt can be challenging for the majority of owners and may become a constant problems.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A large accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause major problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread out of control with their roots working their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, getting your roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Should I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, many would expect roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs. Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it doesn’t need much skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof attentively before starting any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of 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 injury to you or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are a few of the local towns and villages we cover.
We cover the majority of the West Sussex including all local places including: