Roof Cleaning Middleton-on-Sea offers a roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Middleton-on-Sea and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a relatively speedy way of improving the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has grown up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become affected by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and dirt is usually quite difficult for many householders and may become a continual cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A large build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth is likely to cause serious issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, having your roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic decision 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 company is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I just do this myself?
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 many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, a lot of people would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of roof cleaning. Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it doesn’t need much skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting 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 dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof attentively before starting any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider 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 moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Some things to think about.
We have already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s also consider 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 involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are a few of the places we cover.
We can cover the majority of the West Sussex and all surrounding places including: