Roof Cleaning Ashford offers a roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Ashford and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a simple way to improve the appearance of your home, by getting rid of moss and more that has accumulated there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and debris can be quite difficult for many householders and becomes a major source of problems.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause big problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly 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 lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, getting the roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic preference and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t pleasant to see and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it doesn’t need any skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
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 roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure 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 and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before starting any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. We can then begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Below are a few of the nearby places we cover
We cover most of Kent and all surrounding towns including:
A few factors to consider.
We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.