Roof Cleaning in East Farleigh

Roof Cleaning East Farleigh provides a full roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in East Farleigh and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively quick way to improve the look of your house, by removing moss, dirt and more that has accumulated on your roof.

As a roof becomes older and get more porous, many become invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and algae is usually very difficult for most homeowners and can become a source of annoyance.

Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?

Roof Cleaning in East Farleigh

Why do it?

Dirty roof cleaning East Farleigh

Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause serious issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In conclusion, having your roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.

For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t nice to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new once more?

The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.

Couldn’t I just do this alone?

Roof Cleaning yourself in East Farleigh

The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of fall can result in a very serious injury.

Additionally, a lot of people would assume getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!

Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.

Many dodgy companies who attempt this kind of work, claim it is easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at needless risk.

What is the best way to clean my roof?

Roof Cleaning East Farleigh

It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

Remember – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.

One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.

How is it done?

We will inspect the roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish 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. Next we can begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.

Here are some of the areas we cover

We can cover most of Kent including all surrounding areas including:

A few factors to consider.

We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, look at the following.

  • Size of house and the size of its roof.
  • The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
  • The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
  • Accessibility of the roof.
  • Height of the roof.

Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to us.