Roof Cleaning Kirdford provides a complete roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Kirdford and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy way to improve the look of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has grown up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss is usually challenging for most owners and becomes a major source of annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A large build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause you serious problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of observing 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 easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Should I clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t 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 tumble can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would think getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably 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 damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this manner of cleaning roofs. Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, claim it’s easy money and that it does not take much skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step 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 by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof attentively before starting any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
Some factors to consider.
We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, look at the following.
- 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 all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are some of the towns and villages we cover.
We can cover most of the West Sussex and all nearby towns including: