Roof Cleaning Horam provides a complete roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Horam and surrounding towns and villages in East Sussex. Roof cleaning is a quick improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing moss, dirt and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and without moss is often quite difficult for many homeowners and becomes a constant source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause big problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In conclusion, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Could I clean it alone?
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 and secure. At these heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who attempt this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it doesn’t take any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step 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 prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof attentively before commencing any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Some things to think about.
We’ve already considered some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are a few of the towns and villages we cover.
We cover the majority of the East Sussex including all surrounding areas including: