Roof Cleaning Gravesend offer a complete roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Gravesend and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick way to improve the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and debris may be challenging for most owners and becomes a constant cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause serious problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually 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 securing as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive deterioration 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 result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, getting your roof cleaned is a required service for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually 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 lovely to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Should I just do this alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disturb or break fragile 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 tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate 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 needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all 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 impede the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention 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 how best to remove the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are a few of the nearby areas we cover
We can cover most of Kent as well as all local towns including:
A few things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to us.