Roof Cleaning Harrietsham offer a roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Harrietsham and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick way to improve the appearance of your home, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has grown there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and algae may be very difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause you major issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In truth, having the roof cleaned is a necessary service for a few reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Can 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 involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Also, lots of people would assume having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it doesn’t take much skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a degree 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 having to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof carefully before commencing any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change over time.
Below are a few of the nearby places we cover
We cover most of Kent as well as all surrounding areas including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- 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 house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.