Roof Cleaning Thakeham offer a complete roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Thakeham and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick and easy way of improving the look of your house, by removing moss and more that has grown there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, many become affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss can be very difficult for many householders and may become a cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you serious problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, getting your roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t nice to see and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between 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 great to see it looking like brand new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Can I clean it 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 a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Also, lots of people would assume having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of cleaning roofs. Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the right 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 clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. 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 from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off 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 roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof attentively before starting any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use 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 eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
A few things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to us.
Below are some of the areas we cover.
We can cover most of the West Sussex as well as all surrounding places including: