Roof Cleaning Yapton provides a complete roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Yapton and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy way of improving the look of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has grown on your roof.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and algae is usually challenging for most owners and may become a continual annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause major issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. 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 dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, having the roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t nice to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing 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 almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Should I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, lots of people would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of cleaning roofs. Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often disrupt or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who carry out this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it does not require a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest 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 efficiently remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof attentively before beginning any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Next we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement over time.
A few things to consider.
We have already looked at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for your free 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 and all nearby towns including: