Roof Cleaning Brenchley offers a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Brenchley and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy way of improving the appearance of your house, by clearing moss and more that has accumulated up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and dirt is often very difficult for many homeowners and may become a continual cause for issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t attractive 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 months and years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
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.
Could I do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, many would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the correct 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 at needless risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Then we can start 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 immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.
Here are a few of the local towns and villages we cover
We can cover most of Kent including all nearby places including:
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to us.