Roof Cleaning Burwash provides a complete roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Burwash and surrounding towns and villages in East Sussex. Roof cleaning is a quick and easy improvement to make to the look of your property, by clearing moss and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and without moss is usually challenging for the majority of householders and becomes a major source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you serious issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, having a roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming home. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t attractive to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great 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 suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Can I clean it alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning 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 kinds of heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would think getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of roof cleaning. Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy companies who carry out this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off 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 once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of 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 injury to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to us.
Here are some of the nearby towns and villages we cover.
We can cover the majority of the East Sussex as well as all nearby places including: