Roof Cleaning Wadhurst provides a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Wadhurst and surrounding towns and villages in East Sussex. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively simple way of improving the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has accumulated there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and debris is often challenging for the majority of owners and may become a constant cause for issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause you big problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t pleasant to look at 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 more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Should I just do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Also, lots of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of cleaning roofs. Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What 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 most gentle yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof carefully before starting any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. We can then start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
A few things to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example 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 damage to yourself or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.
Here are a few of the local places we cover.
We can cover most of the East Sussex and all local towns including: