Roof Cleaning Danehill provides a complete roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Danehill and surrounding areas in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a speedy way to improve the appearance of your property, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and algae is usually very difficult for most householders and may become a continual cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you big issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive deterioration 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 result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t pleasant to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Could I do this alone?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, lots of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of roof cleaning. Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disturb or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it doesn’t need any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest 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 effortlessly remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of 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 dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof carefully before beginning any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time passes.
A few things to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently 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 the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are a few of the areas we cover.
We cover most of the East Sussex and all local areas including: