Roof Cleaning Falmer provides a full roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Falmer and surrounding towns and villages in East Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively quick way of improving the look of your house, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has grown there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are often affected by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss is often very difficult for many homeowners and may become a constant cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be great 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 big problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, having the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic preference and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t attractive to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Should I do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any type of fall can result in a very serious wound.
Also, lots of people would expect roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this method of roof cleaning. Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy companies who attempt this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof attentively before beginning any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Some things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently 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 all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are a few of the places we cover.
We cover the majority of the East Sussex as well as all surrounding places including: