Roof Cleaning Dymchurch offer a complete roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Dymchurch and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning is a relatively simple improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing moss, dirt and more that has grown on your roof.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are often affected by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and dirt can be quite difficult for the majority of householders and may become a cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other organic growth could well cause major problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, having a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t pleasant to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Can I just clean it myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would assume having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense 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 just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it does not take much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using the appropriate 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 are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof with care and attention before starting any work, to establish 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. Next we can start to work on cleansing 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 change as time passes.
Below are a few of the nearby places we cover
We can cover most of Kent as well as all surrounding areas including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already looked at 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 area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.