Roof Cleaning East Peckham offer a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in East Peckham and surrounding areas in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a quick improvement to make to the look of your home, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and dirt may be quite difficult for the majority of owners and may become a major issues.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you serious issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t attractive to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between 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 almost as good as new like it used to?
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 way to do this is.
Couldn’t I do this alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of fall can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, lots of people would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often disrupt or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it does not take any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process 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 specific chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof attentively before starting any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.
Here are a few of the areas we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent as well as all local areas including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.