Roof Cleaning Chevening offers a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Chevening and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a speedy way of improving the look of your home, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has grown there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and debris is often quite difficult for many homeowners and becomes a constant issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
A large build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you major problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it could 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 result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, having the roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic preference and we don’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 professional is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Also, many would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it does not need much skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
Below are a few of the local places we cover
We can cover most of Kent including all local areas including:
Some factors to consider.
We have already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.