Roof Cleaning Rotherfield provides a full roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Rotherfield and surrounding areas in East Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively quick and easy way of improving the appearance of your home, by clearing moss, dirt and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often affected by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss can be quite difficult for many homeowners and can become a constant source of problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you major problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have your roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless 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 seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Can I do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, a lot of people would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning. Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof attentively before starting any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. We can then begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Some factors to think about.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the area of its 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 involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are some of the local towns and villages we cover.
We can cover the majority of the East Sussex as well as all nearby places including: