Roof Cleaning Maidstone provides a professional roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Maidstone and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning is a simple way to improve the look of your house, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often affected by moss and debris. Keeping your roof clean and free of moss is often challenging for many homeowners and can become a major issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why should I do it?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on the tiles on your roof and other natural growth is likely to cause major issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll behave like a sponge holding as much water as possible. Once it finds its way through the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, arranging to have the roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t nice to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Can I do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, a lot of people would expect having your roof cleaned involves 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 dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this form of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disturb or break weak tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but can also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many dodgy tradesmen who do this kind of work, think that it is easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using proper roof access equipment, the correct tools and our experience 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 recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the kindest 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 remove any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as jet washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying 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 dislodged but again there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will impede the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof attentively before beginning any work, to determine the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. We can then start to work on cleansing the 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 passes.
Below are a few of the local places we cover
We cover most of Kent including all surrounding areas including:
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already considered some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or damage to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill out the free quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.