Roof Cleaning Garlinge offers a complete roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Garlinge and surrounding areas in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a speedy way to improve the appearance of your house, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated on your roof.
As a roof ages and become more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss is often challenging for many homeowners and becomes a major source of issues.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause big issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see and it can over time 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 great to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Should I just clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, many would assume having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it does not need a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways 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 gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Then we can begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
Here are a few of the nearby areas we cover
We cover the majority of Kent as well as all surrounding areas including:
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.