Roof Cleaning Coxheath offers a roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Coxheath and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning can be a simple way of improving the look of your property, by removing moss and more that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss may be quite difficult for the majority of owners and becomes a constant source of issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you big issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow out of control with their roots working their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t pleasant to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Should I do this alone?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would think getting your roof cleaned 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. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often dislodge or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who attempt this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it does not require a lot of skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step 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 specific chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your 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 best approach to take to remove the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.
Below are some of the local places we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent and all surrounding areas including:
A few things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. 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.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.