Roof Cleaning Hale Street provides a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Hale Street and surrounding areas in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a quick improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing moss and more that has built up on your roof.
As roofs become older and get more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and debris may be quite difficult for the majority of owners and becomes a major cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth is likely to cause you serious issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having your roof cleaned is a necessary job for many reasons.
For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t pleasant to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Could I clean it alone?
The most common reason why most 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 and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, lots of people would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disrupt or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. 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 approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Using 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 lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after 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 bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof attentively before commencing any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. We can then start to work on eradicating 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 over time.
Below are a few of the areas we cover
We cover most of Kent including all local places including:
A few factors to think about.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.