Roof Cleaning Scayne’s Hill offer a full roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Scayne’s Hill and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a relatively quick improvement to make to the look of your property, by removing moss, dirt and more that has built up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and dirt is often challenging for the majority of householders and can become a issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause major issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow out of control with their roots creeping 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 once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t attractive 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 observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely 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 look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, a lot of people would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally 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 any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this method of roof cleaning. Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break weak tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it does not take a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with 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 company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. We can then begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.
Some things to consider.
We’ve already considered some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are some of the nearby places we cover.
We cover most of the West Sussex including all local places including: