Roof Cleaning Chailey offer a roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Chailey and surrounding towns and villages in East Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a quick way to improve the appearance of your property, by getting rid of moss and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss may be quite difficult for many homeowners and may become a major annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause you serious problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t nice to see 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 watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Could I do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any sort of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, a lot of people would think roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs. Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it does not need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet 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 but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off 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 scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof carefully before starting any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out 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 eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
A few factors to consider.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are some of the towns and villages we cover.
We cover most of the East Sussex as well as all surrounding areas including: