Roof Cleaning Sedlescombe provides a complete roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Sedlescombe and surrounding towns and villages in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy improvement to make to the appearance of your property, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has accumulated there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and debris is often quite difficult for many homeowners and can become a continual cause for annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause big issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, getting the roof cleaned is a necessary job for many reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t nice to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Should I clean it alone?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, many would think having 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. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning. Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it does not require a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen 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 there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof attentively before starting any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Some things to think about.
We have already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to us.
Here are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover.
We cover most of the East Sussex as well as all nearby areas including: