Roof Cleaning Horsmonden offer a roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Horsmonden and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning is a speedy way to improve the look of your house, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has built up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and debris can be very difficult for many owners and can become a major 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 dirt, moss on roof tiles and other organic growth could well cause big problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, getting a roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive 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 years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I clean it alone?
The most common reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, many would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy companies who do this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it doesn’t require a lot of skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver 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 company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
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.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising 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 lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process 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 roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof with care and attention before starting any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change over time.
Below are a few of the local places we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent as well as all local towns including:
Some factors to think about.
We have already considered some other things to consider 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 currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or dis-repair to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.