Roof Cleaning Bockhanger offers a professional roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Bockhanger and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy improvement to make to the look of your home, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss may be very difficult for the majority of householders and may become a continual cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you serious problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, having a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t nice to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I just do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, many would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disturb or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think it is easy money or that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job like 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 in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.
Here are some of the places we cover
We can cover most of Kent as well as all surrounding areas including:
A few things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.