Roof Cleaning in Knockholt

Roof Cleaning Knockholt offer a roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Knockholt and surrounding areas in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a speedy way to improve the look of your home, by removing moss, dirt and more that has accumulated on your roof.

As a roof becomes older and become more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and debris can be very difficult for the majority of owners and can become a major cause for annoyance.

Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?

Roof Cleaning in Knockholt

Why should I have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Knockholt

A really serious accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, getting your roof cleaned is a necessary job for many reasons.

For many though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t attractive to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new like it used to?

Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.

Should I do this myself?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Knockholt

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 comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.

Additionally, a lot of people would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!

Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could disturb or break frail tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.

Many dodgy tradesmen who do this kind of work, reckon it’s easy money and that it does not need any skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.

What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?

Roof Cleaning Knockholt

It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial 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 the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .

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 to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off 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 step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.

How is it done?

We will inspect your roof attentively before beginning any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.

Below are some of the nearby areas we cover

We can cover most of Kent and all nearby areas including:

A few factors to consider.

We have already hinted at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.

  • Size of house and the size of its roof.
  • How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
  • Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
  • How accessible is the roof?
  • How high is the roof?

Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.