Roof Cleaning Dover provides a roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Dover and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning can be a quick and easy way of improving the look of your home, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and algae is usually challenging for the majority of householders and can become a constant source of annoyance.
Would it not be great to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause you big issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, having your roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at 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 observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Could I just do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, a lot of people would expect roof cleaning involves 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 clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. 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. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach 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. Applying 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 all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. We can then start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.
Here are some of the local towns and villages we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent as well as all local areas including:
A few things to consider.
We’ve already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- 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, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.