Roof Cleaning in Hersden

Roof Cleaning Hersden provides a complete roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Hersden and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick and easy way to improve the appearance of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated there.

As roofs age and get more porous, they are gradually affected by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and dirt is usually challenging for most homeowners and becomes a problems.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look new again?

Roof Cleaning in Hersden

Why should I have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Hersden

Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other organic growth is likely to cause major issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread out of control with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, having the roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.

For many people though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new once more?

The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.

Should I just clean it myself?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Hersden

The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can lead to a very serious injury.

Plus, many would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!

High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.

Many rogue tradesmen who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money or that it doesn’t take any skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.

What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?

Roof Cleaning Hersden

It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. 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.

Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.

One more effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.

What is the process?

We will supervise the roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing the 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 progresses.

Below are some of the nearby towns and villages we cover

We cover most of Kent and all nearby towns including:

A few factors to consider.

We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, look at the following.

  • Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
  • The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
  • The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
  • Accessibility of the roof.
  • How high is the roof?

Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to us.