Roof Cleaning Cranbrook offer a roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Cranbrook and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning can be a quick improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss is often challenging for many homeowners and may become a major source of issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause serious problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t attractive to look at 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 months and years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Should I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, many would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break weak tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money and that it does not require much skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen 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 by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof carefully before commencing any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. We can then start to work on cleansing the 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 change as time passes.
Here are a few of the nearby places we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent including all nearby areas including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.