Roof Cleaning Cliffe offers a roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Cliffe and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick and easy way of improving the look of your home, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and debris is usually quite difficult for many owners and becomes a source of problems.
Would it not be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause big issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding 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. Also you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, having a roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning home. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see and after a while it can 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 more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward 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.
Can I clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any sort of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, lots of people would assume having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it doesn’t need much skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
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 get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores 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 remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate your roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess 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 moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change over time.
Below are some of the towns and villages we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent and all local towns including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.