Roof Cleaning Uckfield provides a full roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Uckfield and surrounding villages/towns in East Sussex. Having your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy way of improving the look of your home, by clearing moss and more that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are often affected by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and dirt may be very difficult for many homeowners and can become a source of annoyance.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth may cause serious problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming home. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to see 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 dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “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.
Couldn’t I do this alone?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning. Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break frail 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, reckon that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take much skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on the roof without leaving any 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 manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof attentively before beginning any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
A few things to consider.
We have already considered some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to us.
Here are a few of the areas we cover.
We cover most of the East Sussex including all nearby areas including: