Roof Cleaning Midhurst provides a complete roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Midhurst and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a simple improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has accumulated up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and debris may be challenging for the majority of owners and becomes a continual issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause major issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, 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 within your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also 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 penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a required service for many reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’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 tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get more and more dirty 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 try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means 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 wound.
Additionally, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs. Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who do this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it doesn’t need much skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What 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 remove roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are some of the places we cover.
We can cover the majority of the West Sussex as well as all surrounding towns including: