Roof Cleaning Sidlesham provides a full roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Sidlesham and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a relatively simple improvement to make to the appearance of your house, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has built up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and algae is usually challenging for many owners and may become a source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you serious problems 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 swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and when 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 might well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, getting your roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic decision 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 needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to see and gradually 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 watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward 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.
Can I just do this alone?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of fall can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, a lot of people would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered 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 quickly grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of cleaning roofs. Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it doesn’t need much skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating your 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 improvement over time.
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the size 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 involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are some of the nearby areas we cover.
We cover most of the West Sussex including all nearby towns including: