Roof Cleaning Forest Row offer a complete roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Forest Row and surrounding areas in East Sussex. Roof cleaning is a quick way to improve the look of your house, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and debris can be quite difficult for many owners and may become a constant issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause you big problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In conclusion, having a roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while 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 dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning. Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disturb or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it doesn’t need much skill. Is there any truth in 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 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 beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof carefully before commencing any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
A few things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house 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 everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are a few of the nearby places we cover.
We cover the majority of the East Sussex including all surrounding towns including: