Roof Cleaning Robertsbridge offer a complete roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Robertsbridge and surrounding villages/towns in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned is a simple way of improving the look of your house, by removing moss and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, many become invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and dirt can be challenging for the majority of homeowners and may become a constant cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause you major issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining 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. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Can I just clean it myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, many would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this method of roof cleaning. Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy companies who attempt this kind of work, claim it’s easy money and that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile 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 cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement over time.
A few factors to think about.
We have already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to us.
Here are some of the local places we cover.
We cover most of the East Sussex as well as all local towns including: