Roof Cleaning Lympne offers a full roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Lympne and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a simple way of improving the look of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has grown there.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss and dirt can be quite difficult for the majority of owners and can become a major source of problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth may cause you serious problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will rapidly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to live, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, having the roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal however it isn’t pleasant to see and after a while it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Couldn’t I do this alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t 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 heights any sort of slip can lead to a very serious injury.
Also, a lot of people would expect having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disturb or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who do this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it doesn’t need a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A service like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as jet washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles are unharmed and by adding an application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect your roof carefully before commencing any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to remove the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing your 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 change as time passes.
Below are a few of the local areas we cover
We cover most of Kent including all surrounding areas including:
Some factors to think about.
We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- How much vegetation is growing on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious insult to yourself or damage to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or give us a call for your quote, and leave it to the professionals.