Roof Cleaning Chatham offers a full roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Chatham and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a quick and easy way to improve the appearance of your house, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and dirt can be challenging for the majority of owners and becomes a continual problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause serious issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless 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 progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple 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 clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any sort of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, many would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it doesn’t need much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned 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 using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof attentively before commencing any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Then we can 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 improvement straight away and continued change as time progresses.
Here are some of the local areas we cover
We cover the majority of Kent as well as all local areas including:
Some factors to think about.
We have already looked at some other things to consider 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.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example 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 yourself or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to us.