Roof Cleaning Shoreham-by-Sea offers a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Shoreham-by-Sea and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick and easy improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss can be quite difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a major annoyance.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth may cause you serious issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread 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 live, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, getting the roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at 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 more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new again?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I clean it alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would think having your roof cleaned involves 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 remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of cleaning roofs. Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy companies who do this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it does not take a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof leaving no 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 manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores 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 by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof carefully before beginning any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. We can then 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 passes.
A few things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are a few of the places we cover.
We cover the majority of the West Sussex and all surrounding areas including: