Roof Cleaning Hellingly offer a complete roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Hellingly and surrounding towns and villages in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by removing moss and anything else that has built up up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are often affected by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and dirt can be quite difficult for most homeowners and becomes a source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
A large accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause major issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t pleasant to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Can I clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, many would assume having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with the majority of 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 disturb or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t take any skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by using 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 .
As previously stated – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof attentively before commencing any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. We can then start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Some things to think about.
We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are a few of the local areas we cover.
We cover the majority of the East Sussex including all surrounding places including: