Roof Cleaning Aylesham offers a complete roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Aylesham and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning is a speedy way of improving the appearance of your home, by getting rid of moss and anything else that has grown up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and without moss can be very difficult for most homeowners and can become a major annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you major issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they can. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, getting your roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t nice to see 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 watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would assume 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 the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can dislodge or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate your roof attentively before starting any work, to establish 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 begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Here are a few of the nearby places we cover
We cover most of Kent as well as all nearby towns including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to us.