Roof Cleaning Dartford provides a complete roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Dartford and surrounding areas in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a simple improvement to make to the appearance of your house, by removing moss and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are gradually affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss is often challenging for many householders and becomes a source of problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause serious problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having your roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t attractive to see and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new again?
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.
Couldn’t I do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, 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 should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered 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 simply grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break delicate 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, reckon it’s easy money or that it does not need much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience 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 clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but 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 once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof carefully before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Here are a few of the local areas we cover
We cover the majority of Kent including all nearby places including:
Some things to think about.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.