Roof Cleaning Hextable provides a roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Hextable and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a speedy way to improve the look of your property, by removing moss, dirt and anything else that has accumulated there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and free of moss and algae may be very difficult for most householders and may become a continual problems.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other natural growth could well cause serious problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over 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 possible. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, getting a roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t nice to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Can I just clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Also, a lot of people would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft 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 problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it does not require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By 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 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 methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising 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 destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof carefully before starting any work, to determine the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change over time.
Here are a few of the nearby areas we cover
We cover the majority of Kent as well as all nearby areas including:
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The 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 all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to us.