Roof Cleaning Herne offer a full roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Herne and surrounding areas in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick and easy way of improving the look of your house, by getting rid of moss, dirt and more that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and become more porous, many become affected by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and debris is usually challenging for the majority of owners and becomes a major cause for annoyance.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you serious problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. As it works 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 rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary job for many reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is entirely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning house. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t nice to see 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 progressively dirtier 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 straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Could I do this alone?
The most common 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 safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, many would think getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradesmen who do this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it does not require a lot of skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily remove any moss on the 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 manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof carefully before starting any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at 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 deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
Below are a few of the areas we cover
We can cover most of Kent and all local towns including:
Some things to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of 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 house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to us.