Roof Cleaning East Malling offers a complete roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in East Malling and surrounding areas in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple improvement to make to the look of your home, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has grown up there.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and debris may be quite difficult for the majority of owners and becomes a major issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause you serious problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t attractive to look at 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 observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Can I clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Also, many would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space 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 problems further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. We can then start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change over time.
Here are some of the places we cover
We can cover most of Kent as well as all local towns including:
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing 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?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.