Roof Cleaning Rye provides a complete roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Rye and surrounding villages/towns in East Sussex. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively speedy way to improve the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and algae may be very difficult for most homeowners and may become a continual cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you big issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame 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 periodically discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t pleasant to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Can I just do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any sort of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, a lot of people would expect getting your roof cleaned 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. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge 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 lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of cleaning roofs. Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disturb or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy companies who do this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it does not take any skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which 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 kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after 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 hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
Some things to consider.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the pros.
Below are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover.
We cover the majority of the East Sussex and all surrounding places including: