Roof Cleaning Farningham provides a roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Farningham and surrounding areas in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a quick way of improving the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has accumulated there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss is usually challenging for most owners and can become a constant source of problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause big problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, having the roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic preference 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 necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning 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. Comparing 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 as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Should I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any type of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can dislodge or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using proper 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 needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
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 roof moss 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 and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof attentively 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 remove the growth. We can then start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change over time.
Here are a few of the local towns and villages we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent including all surrounding areas including:
Some factors to think about.
We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.