Roof Cleaning East Grinstead offer a roof cleaning service for home and business properties in East Grinstead and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Roof cleaning is a quick and easy way of improving the appearance of your property, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss is often challenging for many homeowners and may become a cause for annoyance.
Would it not be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause serious problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. 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 into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then 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 dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new again?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward 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.
Can I clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is since it requires 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 injury.
Additionally, many would expect getting 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. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break weak 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 carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it does not take any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and attention 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 pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be 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 manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.
A few things to consider.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are a few of the local towns and villages we cover.
We cover the majority of the West Sussex and all surrounding areas including: