Roof Cleaning Ringmer offers a full roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Ringmer and surrounding areas in East Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a simple improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by clearing moss, dirt and more that has accumulated up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and dirt can be quite difficult for many owners and becomes a major cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious 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 overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly damage 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 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 service for a few reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Could I do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can result in a very serious wound.
Also, many would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning. Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money and that it does not need much skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once 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 impede the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof attentively before starting any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. We can then begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
A few things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are a few of the nearby places we cover.
We can cover most of the East Sussex and all local towns including: