Roof Cleaning in Lower Halstow

Roof Cleaning Lower Halstow offers a complete roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Lower Halstow and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively speedy way to improve the appearance of your home, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated up there.

As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often affected by moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss and debris can be very difficult for the majority of owners and can become a continual cause for problems.

Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?

Roof Cleaning in Lower Halstow

Why should I have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Lower Halstow

A large build-up of moss, dirt on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you serious problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, getting your roof cleaned is a necessary service for many reasons.

For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning professional is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual 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 months and years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new like it used to?

The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.

Couldn’t I just do this myself?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Lower Halstow

The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can result in a very serious injury.

Also, many would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove 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 is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!

High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disrupt or break frail 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 cow-boy tradespeople who carry out this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take much skill. How true is that? A job like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using the appropriate 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 needless risk.

What is the best way to clean my roof?

Roof Cleaning Lower Halstow

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 get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

Don’t forget – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.

One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate 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 roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and with the added application of specific chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this method the most worthwhile.

How is it done?

We will supervise the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time passes.

Below are some of the nearby areas we cover

We can cover most of Kent including all nearby areas including:

Some things to think about.

We’ve already looked at some other things to consider 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.
  • The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
  • The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
  • How accessible is the roof?
  • Height of the roof.

Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to the pros.