Roof Cleaning Cliftonville offer a complete roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Cliftonville and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy way of improving the look of your house, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As roofs age and become more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and algae may be very difficult for many owners and can become a constant source of annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause serious issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, having your roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between 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 great to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “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.
Should I clean it myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, many would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who carry out this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it doesn’t require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What 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 gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof carefully before commencing any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Next we can start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Below are some of the places we cover
We can cover most of Kent and all surrounding towns including:
Some factors to consider.
We’ve 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.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.