Roof Cleaning Hurst Green provides a full roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Hurst Green and surrounding areas in East Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a quick way to improve the look of your house, by clearing moss, dirt and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and algae can be very difficult for most homeowners and may become a major problems.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause you major problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of 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. Really then, arranging to have the roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is purely 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 this is when a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t pleasant 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 progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Can I clean it myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
A few factors to consider.
We have already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are a few of the local towns and villages we cover.
We cover the majority of the East Sussex and all local places including: