Roof Cleaning Bearsted offer a professional roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Bearsted and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick and easy improvement to make to the appearance of your property, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has built up up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and dirt is often quite difficult for most homeowners and becomes a continual annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you major issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll work 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 damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, getting a roof cleaned is a required job 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 dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, lots of people would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take much skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill 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?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof carefully before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Next we can start 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.
Here are some of the local towns and villages we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent including all surrounding towns including:
Some things to think about.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.