Roof Cleaning Lynsted provides a roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Lynsted and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Roof cleaning can be a speedy way to improve the appearance of your property, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and dirt is often challenging for the majority of householders and can become a major source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on roof tiles and other natural growth could well cause major issues with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have the roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many people though getting their roof cleaned is purely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is necessary. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t attractive to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Could I clean it myself?
The biggest reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any sort of fall can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, many would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will simply grow back!
Jet washing also affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more trouble in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could dislodge or break weak tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy companies who carry out this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it does not require any skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
Which is the best way to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying any lichen, tiny moss spores and all other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of roof cleaning chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof with care and attention before starting any work, to identify 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. We can then begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change over time.
Below are a few of the local towns and villages we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent and all surrounding towns including:
A few factors to consider.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or damage to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or give us a call for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.