Roof Cleaning in Hamstreet

Roof Cleaning Hamstreet provides a roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Hamstreet and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning is a relatively speedy way of improving the look of your property, by removing moss and anything else that has built up on your roof.

As roofs age and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and algae may be quite difficult for the majority of householders and can become a major cause for problems.

Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?

Roof Cleaning in Hamstreet

Why should I have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Hamstreet

A large build-up of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you big problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage 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 lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, getting your roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.

For many people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t pleasant to see and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new once more?

The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.

Should I clean it alone?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Hamstreet

The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.

Also, lots of people would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered 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 just grow back!

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

Many dodgy tradesmen who do this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. 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 is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.

What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?

Roof Cleaning Hamstreet

It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

Don’t forget – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles 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 after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.

What is the process?

We will supervise your roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. We can then start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.

Below are a few of the local areas we cover

We cover the majority of Kent and all nearby towns including:

Some things to think about.

We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, look at the following.

  • Size of dwelling and the size of its 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 everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.