Roof Cleaning Kennington offers a roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Kennington and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively simple way to improve the appearance of your home, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and debris may be very difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a constant annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause you major problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it works its way through the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, having your roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic preference and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t nice 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 seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, lots of people would assume having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can dislodge or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, claim it’s easy money and that it doesn’t need much skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
Another 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 overlaps of the tiles targeting 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 scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Next we can begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time passes.
Below are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover
We can cover most of Kent and all surrounding towns including:
A few factors to think about.
We have already looked at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious insult to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.