Roof Cleaning Herne Bay provides a roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Herne Bay and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned is a speedy way of improving the look of your property, by removing moss, dirt and anything else that has grown up there.
As a roof becomes older and become more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and algae is usually very difficult for most homeowners and can become a continual problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why should I do it?
A large build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth may cause you serious issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover 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 penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a required service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic decision 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 professional is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Can I do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it usually means 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 wound.
Also, lots of people would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who do this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it doesn’t take much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use 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 your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time passes.
Here are a few of the towns and villages we cover
We can cover most of Kent including all surrounding towns including:
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.