Roof Cleaning Hartley provides a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Hartley and surrounding areas in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick way to improve the appearance of your home, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are often affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and debris is often very difficult for most householders and can become a continual cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth could well cause major issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, having a roof cleaned is a required service for many reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned 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 almost as good as 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 recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I do this alone?
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 a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who attempt this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it doesn’t need any skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way 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 effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day 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 that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof carefully before beginning any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Here are a few of the nearby areas we cover
We cover the majority of Kent and all local areas including:
A few things to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.