Roof Cleaning in Hawkinge

Roof Cleaning Hawkinge provides a full roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Hawkinge and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy way of improving the appearance of your home, by clearing moss, dirt and more that has built up on your roof.

As roofs become older and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and debris may be quite difficult for many householders and may become a major annoyance.

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

Roof Cleaning in Hawkinge

Why have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Hawkinge

A really serious accumulation of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause big issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.

For many people though wanting a clean 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 this is when a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?

The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.

Should I do this myself?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Hawkinge

The biggest reason why most people don’t clean 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 sort of slip can lead to a very serious injury.

Additionally, lots of people would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!

Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.

Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A service such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.

What are the best ways to clean my roof?

Roof Cleaning Hawkinge

It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off 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 the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.

One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.

What is the process?

We will investigate the roof carefully before beginning any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.

Here are a few of the local places we cover

We can cover the majority of Kent including all surrounding towns including:

Some things to think about.

We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, 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.
  • Type of roof – e.g. 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 damage to yourself or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the pros.