Roof Cleaning in Canterbury

Roof Cleaning Canterbury offer a full roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Canterbury and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy way of improving the appearance of your property, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has grown up there.

As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are gradually affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and debris may be very difficult for many householders and may become a source of problems.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?

Roof Cleaning in Canterbury

Why should I do it?

Dirty roof cleaning Canterbury

A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause major problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, getting your roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.

For many though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t nice to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new again?

Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.

Can I do this myself?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Canterbury

The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious injury.

Plus, lots of people would assume having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!

Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.

Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it does not require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.

What is the best way to clean my roof?

Roof Cleaning Canterbury

It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

Remember – with this method there is no damage to the tiles 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 absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once 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 roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.

How is it done?

We will supervise your roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. We can then start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change over time.

Below are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover

We can cover most of Kent and all surrounding places including:

Some things to think about.

We have already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s also consider the following.

  • Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
  • How much vegetation is present on the roof.
  • The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
  • How accessible is the roof?
  • How high is the roof?

Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.