Roof Cleaning Eythorne provides a full roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Eythorne and surrounding areas in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy way to improve the look of your home, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has grown on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, many become affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and dirt can be challenging for many owners and becomes a continual problems.
Would it not be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth could well cause serious problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, getting a roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, 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 natural appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t pleasant 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 like brand new again?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Can I just do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it doesn’t take much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective 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 efficiently remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof carefully 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. Then we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Here are some of the local places we cover
We can cover most of Kent and all surrounding areas including:
A few factors to think about.
We have already considered some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you 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 the professionals.