Roof Cleaning Hoo St Werburgh offers a complete roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Hoo St Werburgh and surrounding areas in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple improvement to make to the look of your house, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has built up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and debris can be very difficult for most householders and can become a constant source of annoyance.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause serious issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a required service for many 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 then a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between 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 brilliant to see it looking like brand new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I just do this myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who do this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it does not need much skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof carefully before starting any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Then we can begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Here are some of the areas we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent as well as all surrounding areas including:
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already considered some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to us.