Roof Cleaning Northiam provides a complete roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Northiam and surrounding areas in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a speedy way of improving the look of your house, by getting rid of moss and anything else that has grown up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and dirt may be quite difficult for most householders and becomes a constant source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause serious issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, getting the roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t nice to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Should I do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this form of roof cleaning. Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t take much skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right 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 unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof carefully before commencing any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating your 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 progresses.
A few things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are some of the nearby areas we cover.
We cover the majority of the East Sussex including all nearby areas including: