Roof Cleaning Hildenborough offer a full roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Hildenborough and surrounding areas in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple way of improving the appearance of your house, by removing moss, dirt and anything else that has grown there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and debris is often quite difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a major cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other organic growth may cause major problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, having the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic preference and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim it is easy money or that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily 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 pressure washing.
Another 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 destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and any 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 are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof attentively before beginning any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time progresses.
Here are some of the places we cover
We can cover most of Kent as well as all local areas including:
Some things to think about.
We have already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that 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.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or dis-repair to your home 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.