Roof Cleaning Ditchling offer a roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Ditchling and surrounding towns and villages in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively speedy improvement to make to the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has grown on your roof.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and without moss is usually quite difficult for most homeowners and can become a constant source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other organic growth is likely to cause you major problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time 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 vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic decision and we don’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 periodically tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t attractive to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Can I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean 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 sort of fall can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, lots of people would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of roof cleaning. Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it doesn’t need any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off 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 high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof attentively before starting any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging 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 improvement as time passes.
Some things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above 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 in the free quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are some of the nearby places we cover.
We can cover the majority of the East Sussex and all nearby places including: