Roof Cleaning Kingsnorth offer a roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Kingsnorth and surrounding areas in Kent. Roof cleaning can be a quick improvement to make to the look of your home, by removing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss is often quite difficult for most owners and can become a constant cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I do it?
A large accumulation of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause serious issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, having a roof cleaned is an important job for a few reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t attractive to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between 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 as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Should I just do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it requires working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, many would assume getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have 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 the roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, think it’s easy money or that it does not need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of experience and skill that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
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 pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof attentively before starting any work, to identify the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Next we can begin 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 improvement over time.
Here are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent including all local towns including:
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to us.