Roof Cleaning Lindfield offers a professional roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Lindfield and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively quick way of improving the look of your home, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, many become affected by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and dirt can be very difficult for most owners and may become a major source of issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
A large accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth may cause major issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, having your roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t nice to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I clean it alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of roof cleaning. Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who carry out this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct 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.
What are the best ways 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 gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof without leaving 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 methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all 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 remain intact and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before commencing 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 clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
Some things to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- 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, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are some of the nearby areas we cover.
We cover most of the West Sussex including all nearby areas including: