Roof Cleaning in Gillingham

Roof Cleaning Gillingham provides a professional roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Gillingham and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick and easy improvement to make to the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has grown up there.

As roofs age and get more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and dirt is usually very difficult for many householders and can become a continual cause for problems.

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

Roof Cleaning in Gillingham

Why do it?

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A really serious accumulation of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause big issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, having the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.

For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished 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 however it isn’t pleasant to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new once more?

Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.

Can I just do this myself?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Gillingham

The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious wound.

Also, many would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!

High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.

Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it does not need much skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.

Which is the best way to clean my roof?

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It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away 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 the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .

Don’t forget – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.

One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in 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 roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.

How is it done?

We will supervise your roof attentively before beginning any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time passes.

Here are some of the local towns and villages we cover

We can cover the majority of Kent as well as all local areas including:

A few things to consider.

We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, look at the following.

  • Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
  • How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
  • The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
  • How accessible is the roof?
  • How high is the roof?

Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to us.