Roof Cleaning Barham offer a complete roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Barham and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively quick improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has grown up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss may be quite difficult for the majority of homeowners and becomes a continual cause for annoyance.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause serious problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have a roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual 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 observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
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 propose what the best possible solution is here.
Could I just clean it myself?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would think getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it doesn’t require much skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What 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 kindest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off 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. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off 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 there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before starting any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. We can then begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Below are a few of the places we cover
We cover the majority of Kent including all surrounding towns including:
Some things to consider.
We have already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.