Roof Cleaning Maidstone provides a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial premises in Maidstone and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a speedy way to improve the look of your property, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and more that has grown there.
As roofs become older and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and debris can be challenging for most householders and becomes a constant cause for problems.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of build-up of dirt, moss on your roof and other natural growth could well cause you serious problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it works its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. Really then, having the roof cleaned is a required job for a few reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t pleasant to see and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “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 do this alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is since it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Additionally, a lot of people would expect roof cleaning involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing your 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 ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy companies who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it does not require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the right tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at unwanted risk.
What is the best way to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by employing the scraping approach. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is the use of chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles destroying any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time after the excess moss has initially been dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this method the most worthwhile.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof attentively before beginning any work, to establish the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. We can then start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time progresses.
Below are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover
We can cover most of Kent including all surrounding towns including:
A few things to consider.
We have already looked at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is growing on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, don’t risk serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Complete the quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to us.