Roof Cleaning Petworth offers a roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Petworth and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively simple improvement to make to the look of your house, by getting rid of moss and more that has grown up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and debris can be challenging for the majority of householders and becomes a major source of annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause big issues with the 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 grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t nice 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 watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Should I just do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, lots of people would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably 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 or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity 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 can often disrupt or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power 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 is easy money and that it does not need any skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any 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 bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof attentively before starting any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. We can then begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
A few things to consider.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are some of the towns and villages we cover.
We cover most of the West Sussex as well as all nearby places including: