Roof Cleaning Icklesham offers a roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Icklesham and surrounding areas in East Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a simple way of improving the appearance of your house, by removing moss, dirt and more that has accumulated there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are often affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and debris is often challenging for many owners and may become a continual problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, getting your roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of fall can result in a very serious wound.
Also, lots of people would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning. Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money and that it does not require a lot of skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time progresses.
A few things to think about.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are some of the areas we cover.
We cover most of the East Sussex as well as all nearby places including: