Roof Cleaning Allington provides a roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Allington and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Roof cleaning can be a simple improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has grown up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and algae is often challenging for many householders and becomes a major cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause serious issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, having your roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly 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 a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while it can 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 seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new once more?
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.
Should I do this myself?
The biggest reason why most 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 heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, a lot of people would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often dislodge or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it does not need a lot of skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. 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 from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all 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 remain intact and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before starting any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement over time.
Below are some of the places we cover
We cover most of Kent as well as all nearby areas including:
A few things to think about.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.