Roof Cleaning Birchington offers a complete roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Birchington and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Roof cleaning can be a simple way of improving the look of your house, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated there.
As roofs age and get more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and algae may be challenging for most homeowners and becomes a continual issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you big issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has come loose 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 boards. In conclusion, getting a roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t nice to see 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 observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Could I clean it myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, many would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break frail tiles from 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 do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how 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 most gentle yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once 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 returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof attentively before starting any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Here are a few of the local places we cover
We cover most of Kent as well as all surrounding areas including:
A few things to consider.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The 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 everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.