Roof Cleaning in Longfield

Roof Cleaning Longfield provides a roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Longfield and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a quick way of improving the appearance of your home, by removing moss and more that has grown on your roof.

As roofs become older and become more porous, many become affected by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and algae may be very difficult for many owners and may become a constant source of problems.

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

Roof Cleaning in Longfield

Why should I do it?

Dirty roof cleaning Longfield

Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth may cause serious problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have a roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.

For many though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning company is necessary. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t nice to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?

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 recommend what the best possible solution is here.

Could I do this myself?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Longfield

The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious wound.

Plus, lots of people would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!

Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.

Many dodgy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it does not need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.

Which is the best way to clean my roof?

Roof Cleaning Longfield

It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

Remember – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, 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 soak into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.

What is the process?

We will supervise the roof with care and attention before beginning any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. Then we can begin to work on eradicating the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement over time.

Below are some of the local towns and villages we cover

We can cover the majority of Kent including all nearby areas including:

A few factors to think about.

We have already looked at some other elements that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.

  • Size of house and the area of the roof.
  • How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
  • The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
  • How accessible is the roof?
  • Height of the roof.

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