Roof Cleaning Herstmonceux offers a complete roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Herstmonceux and surrounding towns and villages in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick way to improve the look of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and algae may be challenging for many homeowners and becomes a issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause you big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would think getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of roof cleaning. Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disturb or break weak tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it does not need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying 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 dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof carefully before commencing any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change over time.
A few things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size 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 involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or damage to your home 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.
Here are some of the local places we cover.
We can cover the majority of the East Sussex and all local areas including: