Roof Cleaning Linchmere offer a complete roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Linchmere and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Roof cleaning is a relatively speedy way to improve the look of your house, by clearing moss and more that has grown on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss can be challenging for most householders and may become a constant source of issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth could well cause major issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread out of control with their roots working their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time 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 almost as good as new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Can I just clean it alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it does not take a lot of skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day 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 approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of 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 scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof carefully before beginning any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Next we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
A few things to consider.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are some of the nearby areas we cover.
We cover most of the West Sussex and all nearby areas including: