Roof Cleaning Offington provides a professional roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Offington and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned can be a quick improvement to make to the look of your property, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss is often quite difficult for most householders and may become a constant cause for problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A large accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other natural growth may cause major problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction 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 in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In truth, having the roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Should I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would expect having your roof cleaned involves 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 dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of roof cleaning. Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it does not take much skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof 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 your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Using 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 tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof carefully before commencing any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating the 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 factors to think about.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are a few of the local places we cover.
We cover the majority of the West Sussex including all surrounding areas including: