Roof Cleaning Chilham offer a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Chilham and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple way to improve the look of your property, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and debris can be quite difficult for many owners and can become a major annoyance.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause you serious problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have the roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive 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 progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Could I clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the correct 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 unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial 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 easily flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning 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 permeate 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 roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof carefully before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. We can then begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Here are some of the nearby places we cover
We can cover most of Kent and all surrounding places including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already considered some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.