Roof Cleaning Beckley provides a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Beckley and surrounding villages/towns in East Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively simple way to improve the look of your home, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has built up up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss may be quite difficult for most homeowners and becomes a constant source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth may cause big problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread out of control with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, getting a roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t nice to look at 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 seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Can I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, a lot of people would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs. Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disturb or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who carry out this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it doesn’t take much skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done 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 employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof without leaving 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 manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof attentively before starting any work, to identify 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. We can then begin to work on purging the 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.
Some factors to think about.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are a few of the local towns and villages we cover.
We cover the majority of the East Sussex including all nearby areas including: