Roof Cleaning Camber offers a complete roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Camber and surrounding areas in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick improvement to make to the appearance of your property, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has accumulated up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, many become affected by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and algae is often challenging for the majority of owners and may become a constant cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause major problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after 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 might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, getting the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal 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 hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t 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 most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who carry out this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it doesn’t require much skill. How true is that? A service such as 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 pleases you without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way 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 effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step 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 stop the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. We can then begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are a few of the nearby places we cover.
We cover most of the East Sussex and all nearby places including: