Roof Cleaning in Leigh

Roof Cleaning Leigh offers a roof cleaning service for residential and business premises in Leigh and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively speedy way of improving the look of your house, by getting rid of moss and anything else that has built up up there.

As roofs become older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and dirt can be challenging for most owners and becomes a continual annoyance.

Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?

Roof Cleaning in Leigh

Why should I have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Leigh

A large build-up of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause serious problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, getting the roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.

For many people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural however 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 seeing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?

The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.

Can I clean it alone?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Leigh

The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of fall can lead to a very serious injury.

Additionally, a lot of people would think roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t 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 there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!

Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.

Many dodgy companies who carry out this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.

Which are the best ways to clean my roof?

Roof Cleaning Leigh

It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

As previously stated – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.

One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for several years making this method the most worthwhile.

What is the process?

We will investigate your roof carefully before commencing any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. We can then start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.

Below are some of the nearby towns and villages we cover

We can cover most of Kent including all nearby places including:

Some factors to think about.

We’ve already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, 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.
  • Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is involved.
  • Accessibility of the roof.
  • How high is the roof?

Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to us.