Roof Cleaning Frant provides a roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Frant and surrounding villages/towns in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick improvement to make to the look of your property, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and dirt may be very difficult for most owners and becomes a major cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause serious problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, having a roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t nice 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 observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Can I do this alone?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of cleaning roofs. Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting 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 the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof carefully before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
A few things to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are a few of the towns and villages we cover.
We can cover the majority of the East Sussex as well as all nearby areas including: