Roof Cleaning Higham offers a roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Higham and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick and easy improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and debris may be quite difficult for many householders and may become a continual source of problems.
Would it not be great to have your roof look new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth is likely to cause you big issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, having a roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Could I clean it alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of fall can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with most 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 due to the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A service such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate 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 roof cleaning process can take some time once 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 bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof carefully before beginning any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. We can then start to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change over time.
Here are a few of the towns and villages we cover
We can cover most of Kent as well as all local towns including:
Some things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.