Roof Cleaning Battle offers a complete roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Battle and surrounding towns and villages in East Sussex. Roof cleaning is a relatively simple way to improve the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss is often challenging for most homeowners and becomes a major problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth could well cause big issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks become visible. 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 into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled 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 conclusion, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame 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 needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t nice to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning 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 like brand new again?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, many would assume roof cleaning requires 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 the roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of cleaning roofs. Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it doesn’t need any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof attentively before beginning any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Then we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
A few things to think about.
We have already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to us.
Below are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover.
We cover most of the East Sussex and all surrounding areas including: