Roof Cleaning Great Chart provides a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Great Chart and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively speedy improvement to make to the look of your home, by removing moss and more that has accumulated there.
As roofs age and become more porous, many become invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and debris is often quite difficult for most householders and becomes a continual cause for issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having your roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while it can 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 progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Can I clean it alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Also, lots of people would assume having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradesmen who do this kind of work, think it is easy money or that it doesn’t take any skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the correct 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.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of specific 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 attentively before beginning any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Here are some of the towns and villages we cover
We cover most of Kent including all local towns including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.