Roof Cleaning Selsey offers a professional roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Selsey and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Roof cleaning is a relatively simple way to improve the appearance of your house, by removing moss and more that has built up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss may be quite difficult for most householders and can become a constant cause for problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause major issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, having a roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t nice to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Should I do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of roof cleaning. Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often disrupt or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think it is easy money or that it doesn’t need much skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned 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 method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.
- Size of house 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.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are a few of the nearby places we cover.
We can cover the majority of the West Sussex including all local places including: