Roof Cleaning West Thorney offer a complete roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in West Thorney and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a quick and easy improvement to make to the look of your house, by clearing moss and more that has accumulated there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and debris may be quite difficult for most homeowners and can become a continual annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious accumulation of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow out of control with their roots working their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Can I just do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the 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 simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs. Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who carry out this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep 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 factors to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are a few of the nearby places we cover.
We can cover most of the West Sussex as well as all nearby places including: