Roof Cleaning in Ash

Roof Cleaning Ash offer a full roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Ash and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively speedy improvement to make to the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated up there.

As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and algae can be quite difficult for many owners and can become a constant annoyance.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?

Roof Cleaning in Ash

Why have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Ash

A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause major issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively 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 behave like a sponge securing as much water as they can. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, having the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.

For many though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. By all means, 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 hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new like it used to?

The next question is, “Is this a straightforward 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.

Can I just clean it alone?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Ash

The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious injury.

Additionally, a lot of people would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!

Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often dislodge or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.

Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how 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 clean my roof?

Roof Cleaning Ash

It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.

Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.

How is it done?

We will inspect the roof attentively before beginning any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. We can then begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time progresses.

Below are a few of the local towns and villages we cover

We cover most of Kent including all local areas including:

A few things to think about.

We’ve already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s also consider the following.

  • Size of house and the size of the roof.
  • The level of vegetation that is growing 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 everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.