Roof Cleaning Ditton offers a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Ditton and surrounding areas in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy way of improving the appearance of your house, by clearing moss and more that has built up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, many become invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and dirt may be very difficult for most homeowners and can become a continual cause for issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
A large accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause major problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as they can. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, getting your roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t nice to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Should I just do this myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it does not need a lot of skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen 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 are unharmed and with the added 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 beginning any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating 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 as time passes.
Here are a few of the nearby places we cover
We cover the majority of Kent as well as all nearby areas including:
A few things to think about.
We have already looked at some other things to consider 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 – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to us.