Roof Cleaning Walberton provides a complete roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Walberton and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a relatively speedy way to improve the appearance of your property, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and algae is usually challenging for most owners and can become a constant annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth could well cause major issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t attractive to look at 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 years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Should I just clean it myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Also, many would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this manner of roof cleaning. Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break weak tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless 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 effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting 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 scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change over time.
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example 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 insult to you or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to us.
Here are some of the places we cover.
We cover most of the West Sussex as well as all surrounding towns including: