Roof Cleaning Heathfield offer a full roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Heathfield and surrounding towns and villages in East Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively speedy way of improving the appearance of your property, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss is usually quite difficult for many householders and becomes a cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you major problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic preference and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t attractive to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Could I do this alone?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would think getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning. Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can dislodge or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it does not need a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off 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 scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. We can then begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time progresses.
Some things to think about.
We’ve already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are a few of the nearby areas we cover.
We can cover the majority of the East Sussex including all nearby towns including: