Roof Cleaning Langley provides a full roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Langley and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick improvement to make to the look of your home, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated there.
As roofs age and become more porous, many become affected by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss can be quite difficult for many homeowners and may become a cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A large build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause you big problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have a roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof is purely an aesthetic preference and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t attractive to look at and it can over time 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 more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Can I do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, lots of people would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can dislodge or break frail tiles from the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many dodgy companies who do this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it doesn’t take much skill. How true is that? A service such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the right 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 in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and 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 scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. Next we can start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Here are a few of the areas we cover
We cover most of Kent as well as all nearby towns including:
A few things to think about.
We have already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or ring us for a free quote, and leave it to us.