Roof Cleaning Loose offers a professional roof cleaning service for home and business properties in Loose and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Roof cleaning is a relatively quick way to improve the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and more that has grown there.
As roofs age and become more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and algae may be challenging for many homeowners and becomes a constant source of annoyance.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you major problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms 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. Finally you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and at that point a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t nice to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new again?
The next question is, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best way to do this is.
Could I just do this alone?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, many would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will just grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more problems further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this method of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take any skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a degree of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct 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 kindest yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact 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 investigate your roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. We can then begin to work on eradicating the 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 a few of the areas we cover
We cover the majority of Kent including all local areas including:
Some factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious damage to you or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the free quote form or give us a call for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.