Roof Cleaning in Lenham

Roof Cleaning Lenham provides a professional roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Lenham and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple improvement to make to the look of your house, by clearing moss and anything else that has accumulated there.

As a roof becomes older and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and dirt may be challenging for many householders and can become a cause for issues.

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

Roof Cleaning in Lenham

Why do it?

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Large amounts of accumulation of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other organic growth could well cause you big problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, getting your roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.

For a lot of people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault 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 necessary. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning home. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t nice 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 observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?

Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.

Could I clean it myself?

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The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any type of slip can result in a very serious injury.

Additionally, many would assume roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!

Power washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.

Many dodgy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money and that it doesn’t need any 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 best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you having to put yourself at needless risk.

Which is the best way to clean my roof?

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It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle 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 easily flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .

Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as jet washing.

Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.

How is it done?

We will supervise your roof attentively before starting any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. We can then begin to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time progresses.

Below are some of the local places we cover

We cover the majority of Kent including all local towns including:

A few things to think about.

We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, let’s have a quick look at these.

  • Size of house and the area of its roof.
  • How much vegetation is present on the roof.
  • The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
  • Accessibility of the roof.
  • How high is the roof?

Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the free quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.