Roof Cleaning in Larkfield

Roof Cleaning Larkfield offers a complete roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Larkfield and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a simple way to improve the look of your house, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has built up up there.

As roofs age and get more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss may be quite difficult for many householders and becomes a continual problems.

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

Roof Cleaning in Larkfield

Why should I do it?

Dirty roof cleaning Larkfield

A large build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you big issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks appear. 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 can. As it works its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.

For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new again?

Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.

Should I just clean it alone?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Larkfield

The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious injury.

Additionally, a lot of people would think roof cleaning involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!

Jet washing also 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 method of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disturb or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.

Many rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, think that it is easy money and that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? 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 experience 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.

Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?

Roof Cleaning Larkfield

It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

Remember – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as high-powered pressure washing.

Another effective method is to use 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 lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time after 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 stop the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile 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 consider what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.

Here are some of the places we cover

We cover most of Kent as well as all local places including:

A few things to consider.

We’ve already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s also consider the following.

  • Size of dwelling and the area of its roof.
  • The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
  • The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
  • How accessible is the roof?
  • How high is the roof?

Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.