Roof Cleaning Guston offers a professional roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Guston and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a quick way to improve the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and debris is usually challenging for the majority of owners and may become a major cause for annoyance.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause you serious 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 spread out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly damage 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 lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have the roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t attractive to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After 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 have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Could I just clean it alone?
The most common 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 a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, many would think getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradespeople who attempt this kind of work, claim it’s easy money and that it doesn’t take any skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
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 roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on purging your 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 as time passes.
Below are some of the local towns and villages we cover
We cover the majority of Kent including all surrounding towns including:
A few things to think about.
We’ve already considered some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of 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 damage to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the pros.