Roof Cleaning Hever offers a full roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Hever and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Roof cleaning is a quick and easy way of improving the look of your house, by clearing moss, dirt and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and dirt is often quite difficult for many homeowners and may become a source of issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you big issues with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, getting the roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Could I just do this alone?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, a lot of people would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this method of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disrupt or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it does not take a lot of skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you 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?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of specific chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. We can then begin to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep 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 nearby towns and villages we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent and all local places including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already considered some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. 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.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.