Roof Cleaning Lancing offers a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Lancing and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively speedy improvement to make to the look of your house, by clearing moss and more that has accumulated there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and dirt is often challenging for most homeowners and may become a major cause for annoyance.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause you big issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having the roof cleaned is a necessary job for many reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, lots of people would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have 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 your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy companies who attempt this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it doesn’t require much skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. 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 .
As previously stated – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores 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 with the added application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof carefully before starting any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.
Some things to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are some of the nearby areas we cover.
We can cover the majority of the West Sussex including all surrounding areas including: