Roof Cleaning Cobham provides a roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Cobham and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick and easy way to improve the look of your home, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has grown up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss is usually very difficult for many owners and may become a continual problems.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other natural growth may cause serious issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t nice to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Could I 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 most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any sort of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, many would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan 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 cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it does not require much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof attentively before beginning any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Below are a few of the local places we cover
We can cover most of Kent and all local areas including:
Some things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.