Roof Cleaning Eastbourne offers a complete roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Eastbourne and surrounding villages/towns in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a simple improvement to make to the look of your home, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has built up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and algae is often quite difficult for the majority of owners and becomes a source of problems.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause you major problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak 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 act like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, having your roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Can I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge 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 issues further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of cleaning roofs. Power 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 can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying 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 scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change over time.
Some things to think about.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are some of the towns and villages we cover.
We cover most of the East Sussex as well as all nearby areas including: