Roof Cleaning Plaistow offer a full roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Plaistow and surrounding villages/towns in West Sussex. Roof cleaning can be a relatively quick and easy way to improve the appearance of your property, by removing moss and anything else that has built up up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and algae can be challenging for many householders and may become a constant issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause you serious problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has come loose 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. In conclusion, arranging to have a roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t nice to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose 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 the fact that it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing 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 there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of cleaning roofs. Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it does not require much skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the correct 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 having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in 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 scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof carefully before starting any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Then we can begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
A few factors to consider.
We have already looked at some other things to consider 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.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to us.
Here are a few of the towns and villages we cover.
We can cover most of the West Sussex as well as all surrounding areas including: