Roof Cleaning Kemsing provides a full roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Kemsing and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy way to improve the look of your house, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and debris is often challenging for most owners and becomes a constant cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large build-up of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth could well cause you major problems with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have the roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t pleasant to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking as good as new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Can I do this myself?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, many would think roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often dislodge or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who do this kind of work, claim it’s easy money or that it does not take a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof carefully before starting any work, to establish 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. Next we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time passes.
Here are some of the local towns and villages we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent including all local places including:
A few things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of house and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the pros.