Roof Cleaning Leysdown-on-Sea offers a complete roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Leysdown-on-Sea and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned is a relatively quick way of improving the appearance of your house, by removing moss and more that has grown there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often affected by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and debris may be challenging for many homeowners and may become a continual cause for issues.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth may cause you major problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, having the roof cleaned is an important job for a number of reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic choice 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 company is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t nice to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I do this myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any sort of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, many would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally 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 manner of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue companies who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take a lot of skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off 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 dislodged but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof with care and attention before commencing any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. We can then begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Below are some of the areas we cover
We cover most of Kent as well as all surrounding places including:
Some things to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to us.