Roof Cleaning Bridge offer a roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Bridge and surrounding areas in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively simple way of improving the appearance of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and dirt can be very difficult for the majority of owners and becomes a constant cause for annoyance.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause you major issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t attractive 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 months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it does not need much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which 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 kindest yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all 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 with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
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 assess what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Here are some of the local areas we cover
We can cover most of Kent and all nearby places including:
Some things to think about.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.