Roof Cleaning Hadlow offer a full roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Hadlow and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning can be a relatively quick and easy way of improving the look of your home, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has grown on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and dirt may be quite difficult for many householders and can become a source of issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause you serious issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having your roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of 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 beautiful dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t pleasant to look at 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 watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I just do this myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any sort of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not 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’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take much skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off 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 dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will inspect your roof attentively before starting any work, to establish 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 dislodge the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time progresses.
Here are a few of the local towns and villages we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent as well as all local places including:
A few things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.