Roof Cleaning Boughton Aluph offer a full roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Boughton Aluph and surrounding areas in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively quick and easy improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are often affected by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss can be quite difficult for most owners and can become a major source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause big issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having the roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t nice to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Should I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, a lot of people would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it doesn’t take much skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof carefully before starting any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge 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 killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Below are a few of the local places we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent as well as all nearby towns including:
Some things to think about.
We have already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the pros.