Roof Cleaning Woodingdean offer a roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Woodingdean and surrounding areas in East Sussex. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick way to improve the look of your property, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has accumulated up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and dirt is usually very difficult for many owners and becomes a constant source of problems.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth may cause you serious problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, getting your roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of seeing 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 easy 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 just do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, lots of people would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this method of cleaning roofs. Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, think it is easy money or that it doesn’t require much skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores 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 there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
A few things to think about.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to the pros.
Here are some of the local towns and villages we cover.
We can cover the majority of the East Sussex and all surrounding areas including: