Roof Cleaning in Greenhithe

Roof Cleaning Greenhithe provides a full roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Greenhithe and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning is a quick way to improve the look of your property, by clearing moss, dirt and anything else that has accumulated up there.

As roofs become older and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and debris is usually very difficult for most householders and may become a constant source of problems.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?

Roof Cleaning in Greenhithe

Why should I have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Greenhithe

A large build-up of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause you big problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, 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 may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, getting a roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.

For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t pleasant to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new once more?

The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.

Can I just do this alone?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Greenhithe

The most common 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 a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can lead to a very serious wound.

Also, a lot of people would think getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!

Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.

Many cow-boy tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it doesn’t take any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.

Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?

Roof Cleaning Greenhithe

It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .

Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.

Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure 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 by adding an application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.

What is the process?

We will supervise the roof carefully before starting any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change over time.

Below are some of the local towns and villages we cover

We cover the majority of Kent including all local places including:

A few factors to consider.

We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, look at the following.

  • Size of house and the area of the roof.
  • The level of vegetation that is present 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 the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.