Roof Cleaning Acton offer a full roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Acton and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy improvement to make to the look of your property, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are gradually affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and dirt is usually quite difficult for the majority of householders and becomes a continual source of annoyance.
Would it not be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious accumulation of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause major issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover 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 damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, having a roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t nice to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I just do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think it is easy money or that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising 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 tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once 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 roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Below are some of the local areas we cover
We cover the majority of Kent including all surrounding areas including:
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.