Roof Cleaning Saltdean offer a full roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Saltdean and surrounding villages/towns in East Sussex. Having your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy way to improve the appearance of your house, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are often affected by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and algae can be challenging for many householders and may become a constant source of issues.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I do it?
A large accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you major problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find 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 saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, getting your roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t nice to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Could I do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of cleaning roofs. Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who carry out this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it does not take a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb 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 step can take some time once 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 roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before commencing 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 dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Some factors to consider.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to us.
Here are a few of the nearby places we cover.
We can cover most of the East Sussex including all local places including: