Roof Cleaning Borough Green offers a complete roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Borough Green and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy way of improving the look of your property, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has grown on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss is usually challenging for many householders and becomes a major annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause serious problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks into 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 into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, getting your roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however 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 years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new again?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways 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 clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged 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 gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any 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 the tiles remain intact 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 your roof carefully before commencing any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change over time.
Here are some of the local areas we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent including all surrounding places including:
A few factors to consider.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.