Roof Cleaning Polegate offer a complete roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Polegate and surrounding villages/towns in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy way of improving the look of your home, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has grown there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, many become affected by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss can be quite difficult for most owners and can become a major annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause serious issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, having a roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t pleasant to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing 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 great to see it looking like brand new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward 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 do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any type of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would assume having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of roof cleaning. Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it doesn’t need much skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – using this method 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.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to establish 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 start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change over time.
A few things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to us.
Here are some of the towns and villages we cover.
We cover the majority of the East Sussex as well as all local places including: