Roof Cleaning Hartfield offers a roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Hartfield and surrounding towns and villages in East Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a relatively quick and easy way of improving the look of your home, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and algae is often quite difficult for the majority of owners and becomes a major cause for annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth could well cause major problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Can I just do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, many would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it doesn’t take any skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having 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 gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on the roof leaving no 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 manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any 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 remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof with care and attention before starting 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 way to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
A few things to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are some of the areas we cover.
We can cover most of the East Sussex and all local towns including: