Roof Cleaning Brighton offers a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Brighton and surrounding villages/towns in East Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a speedy way to improve the look of your home, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has built up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and dirt is usually very difficult for many owners and becomes a cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other natural growth could well cause big problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when 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 expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, having a roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic preference and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at 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 watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Could I just clean it myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would expect roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning. Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who do this kind of work, think it is easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
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 get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – 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 to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores 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 with the added application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Some things to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are a few of the towns and villages we cover.
We cover most of the East Sussex including all local towns including: