Roof Cleaning Crowborough provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Crowborough and surrounding towns and villages in East Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a relatively quick way to improve the appearance of your property, by clearing moss and more that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and dirt is usually quite difficult for the majority of householders and may become a continual source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you big issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have your roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive to see and gradually 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 seeing your roof get progressively dirtier 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 attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Can I clean it alone?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, many would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it doesn’t need any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the 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 approach to take to remove the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
A few things to consider.
We have already looked at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with 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 injury to you or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are a few of the local areas we cover.
We cover most of the East Sussex and all local areas including: