Roof Cleaning Plumpton offer a roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Plumpton and surrounding villages/towns in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick way of improving the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has built up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss is usually challenging for most homeowners and may become a constant source of problems.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you serious problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, getting the roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing 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 lovely to see it looking like brand new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “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 possible solution is here.
Can I just do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, many would expect roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of roof cleaning. Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who attempt this kind of work, claim it is easy money or that it doesn’t need any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which 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 gentlest yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, 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 gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof with care and attention 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 best way to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on eradicating your 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 over time.
Some factors to consider.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to us.
Here are a few of the local places we cover.
We can cover the majority of the East Sussex as well as all local places including: