Roof Cleaning Loxwood offers a complete roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Loxwood and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy improvement to make to the look of your house, by clearing moss, dirt and more that has built up up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and debris is usually challenging for most householders and becomes a constant problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you serious problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, getting a roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t nice to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Also, lots of people would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning. Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it doesn’t require much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
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.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof attentively before starting any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change over time.
Some things to consider.
We’ve already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to us.
Below are some of the places we cover.
We cover the majority of the West Sussex as well as all local towns including: