Roof Cleaning Rustington provides a roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Rustington and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a speedy way of improving the look of your property, by removing moss and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and debris may be challenging for many homeowners and may become a constant source of annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause you serious issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, having the roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault 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 needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, many would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of roof cleaning. Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it does not require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of 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 the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof attentively before starting any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
Some things to think about.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are a few of the nearby areas we cover.
We can cover the majority of the West Sussex as well as all surrounding places including: