Roof Cleaning Halstead offer a full roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Halstead and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy way to improve the look of your property, by removing moss and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and debris is usually challenging for most homeowners and can become a continual problems.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause major issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it finds 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 come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, having a roof cleaned is a necessary service for a number of reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t nice to look at and gradually 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 dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Could I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, many would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive 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 just grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often dislodge or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who do this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it doesn’t take much skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with 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 cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time passes.
Below are some of the nearby towns and villages we cover
We cover most of Kent including all surrounding towns including:
Some factors to think about.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the pros.