Roof Cleaning Easebourne offer a roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Easebourne and surrounding towns and villages in West Sussex. Roof cleaning is a quick improvement to make to the appearance of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has grown up there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss can be very difficult for many householders and becomes a problems.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause you major issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time 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 more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward 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.
Couldn’t I just clean it myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any sort of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, 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. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs. Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it does not take much skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak 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 once 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 prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
A few things to think about.
We have already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s also consider 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 involved.
- 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 yourself or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are a few of the places we cover.
We can cover most of the West Sussex including all local places including: