Roof Cleaning Slinfold provides a professional roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Slinfold and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Roof cleaning is a relatively simple way of improving the look of your property, by removing moss and more that has accumulated there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss is often very difficult for the majority of owners and can become a cause for annoyance.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause you serious issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a required service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning 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. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t 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 a loft 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 problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of cleaning roofs. Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy companies who attempt this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it doesn’t take much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove 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 leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof carefully before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time progresses.
Some things to think about.
We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are some of the nearby areas we cover.
We cover the majority of the West Sussex including all local places including: