Roof Cleaning Hastings provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Hastings and surrounding areas in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple improvement to make to the look of your house, by clearing moss and anything else that has grown on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and dirt can be challenging for the majority of owners and may become a major source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause you major issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, having the roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t nice to look at and gradually 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 dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Could I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, many would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the intense 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 just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this method of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it doesn’t take much skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof attentively before starting any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. We can then start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change over time.
Some factors 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 dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to us.
Below are a few of the local areas we cover.
We can cover most of the East Sussex and all local places including: