Roof Cleaning in Elham

Roof Cleaning Elham offers a roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Elham and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a quick improvement to make to the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown up there.

As roofs become older and become more porous, they are often affected by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and debris is usually challenging for most owners and becomes a constant source of annoyance.

Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?

Roof Cleaning in Elham

Why have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Elham

A large build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause you major issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore 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 throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of 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 penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, getting your roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.

For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t pleasant to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new again?

Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.

Could I just do this alone?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Elham

The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious wound.

Additionally, lots of people would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!

Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.

Many dodgy tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it does not need a lot of skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.

What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?

Roof Cleaning Elham

It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

As previously stated – with this method the tiles are not damaged 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. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting 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 dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.

What is the process?

We will supervise your roof carefully before starting any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement over time.

Here are a few of the local areas we cover

We can cover the majority of Kent as well as all nearby towns including:

Some factors to think about.

We have already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s also consider the following.

  • Size of house and the area of its roof.
  • The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
  • Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
  • Accessibility of the roof.
  • How high is the roof?

Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.