Roof Cleaning Goudhurst offer a roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Goudhurst and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning is a relatively simple way to improve the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has accumulated there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and algae may be quite difficult for many owners and can become a major problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae 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 organic growths will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, having a roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Should I clean it alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, many would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a level 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 at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. 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 .
As previously stated – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other 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 permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
Below are a few of the nearby areas we cover
We cover most of Kent and all surrounding areas including:
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- 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 involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to us.