Roof Cleaning Long Sutton provides a complete roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Long Sutton and surrounding villages/towns in Lincolnshire. Getting your roof cleaned is a quick and easy way to improve the look of your house, by removing moss and anything else that has built up up there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and debris may be very difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a major source of issues.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you serious issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow out of control with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, getting your roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean 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 as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, lots of people would expect having your roof cleaned involves 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. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break weak tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who do this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it does not need much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the correct 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 having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways 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 remove roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – using this method 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 once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. We can then 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 immediate improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
A few factors to consider.
We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to us.