Roof Cleaning Edenbridge offer a roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Edenbridge and surrounding towns and villages in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick improvement to make to the look of your house, by clearing moss and anything else that has built up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and debris may be quite difficult for most homeowners and can become a constant cause for issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you serious issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having your roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t nice 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 months and years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Could I do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would think roof cleaning requires 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 intense 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 the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money and that it does not need a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly 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 flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off 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 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 several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
A few things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to us.
Here are some of the places we cover.
We can cover the majority of the East Sussex as well as all surrounding towns including: