Roof Cleaning Chalk offers a roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Chalk and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick way to improve the appearance of your house, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has grown up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are often affected by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and debris is often challenging for most owners and can become a source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth may cause big issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few 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 because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t pleasant 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 years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a simple 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 clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, lots of people would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break weak tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy companies who do this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it does not require a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using proper 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 are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to remove 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 pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process 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 by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof attentively before commencing any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change over time.
Here are some of the local areas we cover
We cover most of Kent and all surrounding areas including:
Some factors to consider.
We have already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing 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 dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.