Roof Cleaning Aylesford offers a full roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Aylesford and surrounding areas in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned is a quick and easy way of improving the look of your property, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss is often challenging for many householders and becomes a constant cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth could well cause serious issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t nice to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I just do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, lots of people would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step 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 specific chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change over time.
Below are a few of the towns and villages we cover
We cover the majority of Kent as well as all local places including:
Some things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.