Roof Cleaning Fletching offers a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Fletching and surrounding villages/towns in East Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a quick and easy way to improve the appearance of your house, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss is usually quite difficult for many owners and becomes a major cause for problems.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you major problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most 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 and secure. At these heights any type of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disturb or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting 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 there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof attentively before commencing any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. We can then begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change over time.
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are some of the local areas we cover.
We can cover the majority of the East Sussex including all surrounding areas including: