Roof Cleaning Southwater provides a roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Southwater and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple way of improving the look of your property, by removing moss, dirt and more that has built up there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and debris is usually very difficult for the majority of householders and becomes a problems.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth could well cause serious problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, having the roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, 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 home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t attractive to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Could I just do this alone?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any type of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, lots of people would think roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of cleaning roofs. Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it does not need a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once 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 bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect the 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 best approach to take to remove the growth. We can then start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Some things to consider.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are some of the local areas we cover.
We cover most of the West Sussex as well as all surrounding towns including: