Roof Cleaning Kingsdown offers a full roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Kingsdown and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning is a simple improvement to make to the look of your home, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and algae may be quite difficult for most householders and becomes a constant annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause you major issues with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have a roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Of course, 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 lovely to see it looking as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple 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.
Couldn’t I do this myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would think getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue companies who attempt this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it does not need a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What 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 effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Remember – using this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate your roof with care and attention before starting any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Here are some of the towns and villages we cover
We can cover most of Kent and all local towns including:
A few things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.