Roof Cleaning Hawkhurst provides a complete roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Hawkhurst and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick improvement to make to the look of your home, by getting rid of moss and more that has grown on your roof.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and dirt can be very difficult for the majority of owners and can become a major annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause you big problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, 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 holding as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen 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. Really then, having the roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t attractive 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 months and years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “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.
Couldn’t I just clean it alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, many would assume having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning 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’s more than likely that the moss will simply 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 warning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it doesn’t need any skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
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 effective ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and 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 once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof attentively before beginning any work, to determine the best course of action 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 deep into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time progresses.
Below are some of the local areas we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent and all local areas including:
Some things to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example 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 insult to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to us.