Roof Cleaning Brabourne Lees provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Brabourne Lees and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning is a quick way to improve the look of your house, by clearing moss, dirt and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and dirt can be challenging for most householders and becomes a cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth could well cause serious problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, having a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few 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 unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t nice to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Could I just clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it doesn’t need any skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned 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 method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen 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 remain intact and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof carefully before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time passes.
Here are a few of the local places we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent including all nearby areas including:
A few factors to consider.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- 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 everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.