Roof Cleaning West Wittering provides a professional roof cleaning service for private and business premises in West Wittering and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick and easy improvement to make to the look of your property, by removing moss, dirt and more that has grown on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and dirt is often very difficult for the majority of householders and becomes a source of issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause serious issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread out of control with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, 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 might well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover 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 damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In truth, having a roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we can’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 tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t attractive to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Can I just do this myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of roof cleaning. Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it does not require much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the best 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 unwanted risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof attentively before starting 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. We can then begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.
A few factors to consider.
We have already looked at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- 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?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are some of the nearby places we cover.
We cover most of the West Sussex and all nearby areas including: