Roof Cleaning Crockenhill provides a roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Crockenhill and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning is a relatively speedy way to improve the look of your house, by removing moss and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, many become affected by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and dirt is usually very difficult for many owners and may become a source of issues.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you major issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, 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 into your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Could I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it does not need a lot of skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right 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 are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising 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 any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure 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 impede the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof attentively before commencing any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement over time.
Below are a few of the areas we cover
We can cover most of Kent as well as all local areas including:
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.