Roof Cleaning Eastergate offers a professional roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Eastergate and surrounding areas in West Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple improvement to make to the look of your house, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has built up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss may be challenging for most householders and may become a major cause for problems.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A large accumulation of moss and algae on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause you big problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into weak 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 thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, having a roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t pleasant to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning 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 as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Should I do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Also, lots of people would assume roof cleaning 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. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning. Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. 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 are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after 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 impede the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof carefully before beginning any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing 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 all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are a few of the nearby places we cover.
We can cover the majority of the West Sussex and all surrounding towns including: