Roof Cleaning Chatham offer a full roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Chatham and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning can be a speedy improvement to make to the look of your house, by clearing moss, dirt and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and dirt can be quite difficult for most owners and becomes a cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause big problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t nice to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Could I just clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, a lot of people would expect 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 remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it doesn’t need much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as 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 understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying 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 the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.
Below are some of the local places we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent including all local towns including:
A few things to consider.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.