Roof Cleaning Chestfield offer a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Chestfield and surrounding areas in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple way to improve the appearance of your house, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has built up up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and algae can be very difficult for the majority of owners and can become a continual source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
A large accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to 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 swiftly grow out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has come loose 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. In truth, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Can I just do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, lots of people would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can dislodge or break weak tiles from 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, think it’s easy money or that it does not require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use 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 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 removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof attentively before beginning 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 way to clear out the growth. We can then start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.
Here are some of the areas we cover
We cover the majority of Kent and all nearby places including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned 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 call us for your quote, and leave it to us.