Roof Cleaning Rogate offer a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Rogate and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Roof cleaning is a quick way of improving the look of your house, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and debris is usually quite difficult for most homeowners and may become a cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you big issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually 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 weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of 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 saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, getting your roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic preference and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t nice 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 years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Should I do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, lots of people would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen 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 with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof with care and attention before starting any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
A few things to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are a few of the local places we cover.
We cover the majority of the West Sussex as well as all surrounding places including: