Roof Cleaning Fairlight offer a roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Fairlight and surrounding areas in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned is a quick and easy improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has accumulated there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and dirt is often very difficult for many householders and becomes a major problems.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause you big issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, having your roof cleaned is a required service for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t attractive to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I clean it myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, lots of people would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of roof cleaning. Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, claim it’s easy money and that it doesn’t require 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 proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to 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 roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof leaving no 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 manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before starting any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change over time.
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are some of the local areas we cover.
We cover the majority of the East Sussex as well as all nearby areas including: