Roof Cleaning Barcombe offers a complete roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Barcombe and surrounding villages/towns in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a simple way to improve the appearance of your home, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has built up up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss is usually challenging for most owners and can become a constant cause for issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause serious problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, having your roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic preference and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Could I 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 a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, a lot of people would expect roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs. Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, claim it’s easy money and that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way 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 clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying 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 dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof attentively before starting any work, to identify 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. Then we can begin to work on cleansing your 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 change over time.
Some factors to consider.
We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are some of the nearby towns and villages we cover.
We cover the majority of the East Sussex as well as all local places including: