Roof Cleaning Upper Beeding provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Upper Beeding and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned is a quick and easy improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and debris may be challenging for the majority of owners and becomes a constant issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you serious issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic preference and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t nice to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Can I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, a lot of people would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning. Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disrupt or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it doesn’t take any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how 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 cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once 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 all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof carefully before commencing any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.
A few factors to consider.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are a few of the nearby areas we cover.
We cover most of the West Sussex as well as all local places including: