Roof Cleaning Broadstone offers a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Broadstone and surrounding areas in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a simple improvement to make to the look of your home, by getting rid of moss, dirt 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 without moss is often very difficult for most homeowners and becomes a source of issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you major problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, having your roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see and gradually it can 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 as good as new once more?
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.
Can I clean it myself?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, many would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy companies who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it doesn’t need any skill. How true is that? 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 understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time progresses.
Below are a few of the local places we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent and all surrounding towns including:
A few things to think about.
We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.