Roof Cleaning Littlebourne offers a full roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Littlebourne and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning is a quick improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing moss, dirt and anything else that has built up there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss and debris can be challenging for the majority of owners and can become a source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause serious issues with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow out of control with their roots working 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 thrive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a required service for a few reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t nice to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Could I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Plus, lots of people would assume having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from your roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with most tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can dislodge or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it doesn’t take much skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
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 most gentle yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and all other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof attentively before beginning any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. Then we can begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are a few of the towns and villages we cover
We cover the majority of Kent as well as all nearby towns including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size 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 the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to you or damage to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.