Roof Cleaning Portslade offer a full roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Portslade and surrounding areas in East Sussex. Roof cleaning is a speedy way to improve the look of your home, by clearing moss and anything else that has built up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and debris can be very difficult for many homeowners and can become a major annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause you big issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots working their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural 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 observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, a lot of people would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs. Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often disturb or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, claim it’s easy money and that it does not need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
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 most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with 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 that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. We can then begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change over time.
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to us.
Below are some of the areas we cover.
We can cover the majority of the East Sussex including all nearby areas including: