Roof Cleaning Southwick provides a complete roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Southwick and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple improvement to make to the appearance of your house, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs become older and get more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and algae can be challenging for many homeowners and can become a continual cause for issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, getting the roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t nice to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I just do this myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, lots of people would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this method of roof cleaning. Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could 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 does not need a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. We can then start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.
A few things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- 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 free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are some of the local towns and villages we cover.
We can cover most of the West Sussex including all nearby towns including: