Roof Cleaning Burham offer a full roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Burham and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy way to improve the look of your house, by removing moss, dirt and more that has grown up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and dirt can be very difficult for most owners and can become a problems.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth may cause major issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks emerge. 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 can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, getting your roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. By all means, 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 years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I just do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would assume roof cleaning requires 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. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break fragile tiles due to 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’s easy money or that it does not require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which 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 most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. We can then start to work on purging 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.
Below are a few of the areas we cover
We cover the majority of Kent including all nearby places including:
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.