Roof Cleaning Lewes offers a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Lewes and surrounding towns and villages in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy way to improve the look of your home, by removing moss and more that has accumulated there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, many become affected by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss is often challenging for most householders and may become a major issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause you major problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a required service for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal however 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 observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any sort of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would assume having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of roof cleaning. Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disturb or break weak tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who carry out this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it does not require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which 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 kindest yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. We can then start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
A few things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently 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?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to us.
Here are a few of the places we cover.
We can cover most of the East Sussex including all local places including: