Roof Cleaning Horton Kirby offer a complete roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Horton Kirby and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick improvement to make to the look of your property, by getting rid of moss and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and debris is usually challenging for many owners and becomes a constant source of annoyance.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you big problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In conclusion, having your roof cleaned is a required service for many reasons.
For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Should I just do this myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, lots of people would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it does not take any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile 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 most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after 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 prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof attentively before starting any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. We can then start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent including all nearby places including:
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or ring us for a quote, and leave it to the professionals.