Roof Cleaning in Hockley

Roof Cleaning Hockley provides a complete roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Hockley and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple improvement to make to the look of your property, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated there.

As roofs become older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and algae is often quite difficult for many homeowners and may become a constant source of issues.

Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?

Roof Cleaning in Hockley

Why should I do it?

Dirty roof cleaning Hockley

A large build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you serious issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged 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, getting a roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.

For many though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t nice to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new once more?

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

Could I just do this alone?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Hockley

The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious wound.

Also, a lot of people would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!

Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.

Many rogue companies who carry out this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it does not take a lot of skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.

Which is the best way to clean my roof?

Roof Cleaning Hockley

It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

Don’t forget – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet washing.

Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process 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 by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several 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 cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.

Here are some of the nearby places we cover

We can cover the majority of Kent and all surrounding areas including:

A few things to consider.

We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.

  • Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
  • How much vegetation is present on the roof.
  • Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
  • Accessibility of the roof.
  • Height of the roof.

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