Roof Cleaning Brighton offers a complete roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Brighton and surrounding towns and villages in East and West Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a speedy way of improving the look of your property, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and debris is usually challenging for most householders and becomes a source of problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause big problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. Once 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 find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, having your roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t nice to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Can I just clean it myself?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean 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 fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, lots of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it doesn’t take any skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin 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 improvement straight away and continued improvement over time.
A few factors to think about.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.