Roof Cleaning Westbourne offers a complete roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Westbourne and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively simple improvement to make to the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has built up up there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and algae is usually quite difficult for the majority of owners and becomes a constant issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause serious problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, having a roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t attractive to see and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just clean it alone?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than 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 most tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of roof cleaning. Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it doesn’t take any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof carefully before beginning any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement over time.
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are some of the local areas we cover.
We can cover the majority of the West Sussex and all local towns including: