Roof Cleaning Littlehampton offers a complete roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Littlehampton and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned is a speedy way to improve the look of your home, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has grown up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and algae is often challenging for the majority of householders and can become a major cause for annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause you major issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, getting your roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t pleasant to see and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
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 propose what the best way to do this is.
Can I clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs. Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach 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 the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Next we can start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are some of the local places we cover.
We can cover most of the West Sussex as well as all local areas including: