Roof Cleaning Groombridge offer a full roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Groombridge and surrounding areas in East Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a simple improvement to make to the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has accumulated up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, many become affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss is usually challenging for most homeowners and becomes a problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause big issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, getting your roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t pleasant to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I do this alone?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it involves 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 wound.
Also, a lot of people would expect roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it doesn’t require any skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill 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.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any 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 risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof attentively before beginning any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Some things to consider.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area 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.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are some of the local areas we cover.
We can cover most of the East Sussex including all local areas including: