Roof Cleaning Aldington offers a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Aldington and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning is a simple way of improving the look of your house, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and algae can be challenging for most owners and becomes a constant annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause big problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots working their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has dislodged 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’s. In truth, getting the roof cleaned is a required service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal 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 years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Can I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it does not need any skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a degree of experience and skill 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 in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process 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 by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof carefully before commencing any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing the 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 progresses.
Below are some of the local places we cover
We can cover most of Kent and all local towns including:
A few things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to us.