Roof Cleaning Headcorn offer a complete roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Headcorn and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning is a relatively speedy way of improving the appearance of your property, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As roofs age and get more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and debris is usually quite difficult for many owners and may become a issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause major issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t attractive 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 years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I just do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, lots of people would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive 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!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this could dislodge or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradesmen who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it does not take any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach 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 the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof carefully 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 way to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are a few of the nearby places we cover
We cover most of Kent and all nearby areas including:
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to us.