Roof Cleaning Broadstairs provides a roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Broadstairs and surrounding areas in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick way of improving the look of your property, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has grown on your roof.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and dirt is often quite difficult for the majority of householders and becomes a continual problems.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you serious problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might 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 in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have the roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I just clean it alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy companies who carry out this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it doesn’t require much skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging the 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 change as time progresses.
Here are a few of the local towns and villages we cover
We cover the majority of Kent and all surrounding places including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present 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, don’t risk serious injury to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to us.