Roof Cleaning in Ightham

Roof Cleaning Ightham offers a complete roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Ightham and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick and easy way to improve the appearance of your home, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown up there.

As roofs age and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and debris can be challenging for most owners and becomes a constant source of annoyance.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look brand new again?

Roof Cleaning in Ightham

Why have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Ightham

A large accumulation of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth is likely to cause you major problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.

For many though getting their roof cleaned is simply an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t nice to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new again?

Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.

Should I do this alone?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Ightham

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

Also, many would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!

Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.

Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money or that it does not need any skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.

Which is the best way to clean my roof?

Roof Cleaning Ightham

It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.

One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.

How is it done?

We will supervise your roof attentively before commencing any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. We can then start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep 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 a few of the local towns and villages we cover

We can cover most of Kent including all nearby areas including:

Some things to consider.

We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, look at the following.

  • Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
  • How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
  • The type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
  • Accessibility of the roof.
  • Height of the roof.

Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.