Roof Cleaning Ticehurst offer a roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Ticehurst and surrounding villages/towns in East Sussex. Roof cleaning is a simple way of improving the appearance of your house, by removing moss and more that has grown up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and algae can be very difficult for most homeowners and can become a continual problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause serious problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, getting your roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t attractive 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 months and years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I just do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, lots of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of roof cleaning. Pressure 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 could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it does not require a lot of skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof carefully before commencing any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Some things to consider.
We have already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Below are a few of the local areas we cover.
We can cover most of the East Sussex and all nearby towns including: