Roof Cleaning Hove offer a roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Hove and surrounding towns and villages in East Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively speedy improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing moss and more that has grown up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and debris is often challenging for many owners and becomes a continual annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of build-up of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you big problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find 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 penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, getting a roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t nice to see and after a while 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?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Should I clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of 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 comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any sort of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of cleaning roofs. Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it does not need any skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
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 jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to remove 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 eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Some things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are a few of the local areas we cover.
We can cover the majority of the East Sussex as well as all nearby places including: