Roof Cleaning Newhaven provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Newhaven and surrounding villages/towns in East Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a speedy improvement to make to the look of your home, by clearing moss and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and become more porous, many become affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss is usually very difficult for the majority of owners and can become a major source of annoyance.
Would it not be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other natural growth could well cause serious problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have your roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Can 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 kinds of heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, a lot of people would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs. Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who carry out this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of 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 your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning 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 absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after 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 growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate your roof attentively before beginning any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing the 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 change over time.
Some things to think about.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are a few of the nearby places we cover.
We can cover most of the East Sussex including all nearby towns including: