Roof Cleaning Istead Rise offers a roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Istead Rise and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a quick and easy improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing moss and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and debris can be very difficult for the majority of owners and may become a constant source of issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth could well cause major problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow out of control with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, having your roof cleaned is a necessary job for many reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Can I clean it myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any type of fall can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, many would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who do this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it does not require much skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
As previously stated – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using 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 procedure can take some time after 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 bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof carefully before beginning any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. We can then begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time progresses.
Below are some of the places we cover
We can cover most of Kent including all surrounding areas including:
Some things to think about.
We’ve already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that 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 damage to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.