Roof Cleaning Sompting offer a complete roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Sompting and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a relatively speedy way of improving the look of your house, by clearing moss, dirt and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and debris is often very difficult for most homeowners and becomes a continual cause for annoyance.
Would it not be great to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause you serious problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In truth, getting the roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all 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 cleaning can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new again?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, many would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply 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 companies also advising against this manner of roof cleaning. Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and attention 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 pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which 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 most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof attentively before commencing any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change over time.
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently 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, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to us.
Below are some of the nearby towns and villages we cover.
We can cover the majority of the West Sussex as well as all nearby towns including: