Roof Cleaning in Benenden

Roof Cleaning Benenden provides a roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Benenden and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning is a simple way to improve the look of your house, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has built up up there.

As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and dirt may be quite difficult for the majority of householders and becomes a major source of issues.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?

Roof Cleaning in Benenden

Why should I have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Benenden

A large build-up of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth could well cause major issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled 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 a required service for a number of reasons.

For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at 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 watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new once more?

Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.

Can I do this alone?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Benenden

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 comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious wound.

Plus, many would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!

Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.

Many dodgy tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it does not require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.

Which are the best ways to clean my roof?

Roof Cleaning Benenden

It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

Don’t forget – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.

Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but 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 are unharmed and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.

How is it done?

We will supervise your roof attentively before starting any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.

Here are a few of the local areas we cover

We can cover most of Kent and all local places including:

A few factors to consider.

We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, look at the following.

  • Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
  • The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
  • The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
  • Accessibility of 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 free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.