Roof Cleaning Darenth provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Darenth and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick way to improve the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has accumulated there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, many become affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss is often challenging for many householders and can become a continual source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause you serious problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses 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 live, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t attractive to look at and it can over time 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 watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Should I do this alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it does not need a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using proper 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 having to put yourself at needless risk.
Which 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 beneficial ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof attentively 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. Then we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are some of the nearby areas we cover
We can cover most of Kent as well as all local towns including:
Some factors to consider.
We have already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example 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, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to us.