Roof Cleaning in Gillingham

Roof Cleaning Gillingham provides a roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Gillingham and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick and easy improvement to make to the look of your house, by clearing moss and more that has grown on your roof.

As a roof ages and get more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and without moss is usually challenging for most homeowners and can become a continual problems.

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

Roof Cleaning in Gillingham

Why should I do it?

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A large accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause you big problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration 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 damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.

For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new once more?

The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.

Could I clean it myself?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Gillingham

The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any sort of fall can result in a very serious wound.

Also, many would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!

High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.

Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, claim it’s easy money and that it does not require much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.

Which are the best ways to clean my roof?

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It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

Don’t forget – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.

One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile 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.

How is it done?

We will supervise your roof attentively before commencing any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating your 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 as time progresses.

Here are a few of the local areas we cover

We cover the majority of Kent and all surrounding areas including:

A few things to think about.

We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s have a quick look at these.

  • Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
  • How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
  • The 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, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.