Roof Cleaning Southbourne provides a complete roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Southbourne and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick and easy way to improve the appearance of your home, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and debris can be challenging for the majority of householders and may become a major problems.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you major problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured 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 but after all it isn’t nice to look at and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Could I do this myself?
The biggest reason why most 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 heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, 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. Jet washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the aggressive 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 just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs. Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it doesn’t need any skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof attentively before beginning any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
A few factors to consider.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to us.
Below are some of the local towns and villages we cover.
We can cover most of the West Sussex and all surrounding areas including: