Roof Cleaning Cuxton offers a complete roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Cuxton and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively quick way of improving the look of your home, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has grown up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss is usually very difficult for many owners and becomes a continual source of annoyance.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause big problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, having your roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing 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 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 attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I just do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away 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 just grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy companies who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it doesn’t need any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more 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 destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores 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 by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof attentively before starting 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 way to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Below are a few of the areas we cover
We cover the majority of Kent as well as all local towns including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to us.