Roof Cleaning Five Oak Green offer a roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Five Oak Green and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively simple way to improve the look of your property, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss may be challenging for the majority of homeowners and becomes a major source of issues.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other organic growth could well cause major issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In conclusion, having your roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t nice to look at and after a while 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 dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Could I just do this alone?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, a lot of people would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it does not take much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct 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 in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in 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 scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof carefully before commencing 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 remove the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Below are some of the local places we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent including all local areas including:
A few factors to think about.
We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.