Roof Cleaning Rottingdean offers a full roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Rottingdean and surrounding areas in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing moss and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As a roof ages and become more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and dirt is often very difficult for the majority of owners and becomes a source of problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause big problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow out of control with their roots working their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has dislodged 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 truth, getting your roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t nice to see and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, many would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of cleaning roofs. Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often dislodge or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it doesn’t take much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
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 moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – 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 to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all 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 remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. We can then begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with 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 dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are some of the local towns and villages we cover.
We cover the majority of the East Sussex as well as all nearby areas including: