Roof Cleaning Ore Valley offers a complete roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Ore Valley and surrounding areas in East Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a relatively speedy way to improve the look of your property, by removing moss and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and dirt can be challenging for many owners and may become a constant cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth could well cause serious issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively 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 work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, having a roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t nice 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 more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I do this alone?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of fall can result in a very serious wound.
Also, many would assume having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense 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 just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of cleaning roofs. Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who do this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it does not need much skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step 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 with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to establish 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 remove the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing 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 change as time passes.
A few factors to think about.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- 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 house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are some of the local towns and villages we cover.
We can cover the majority of the East Sussex and all local places including: