Roof Cleaning Manston offer a complete roof cleaning service for home and commercial properties in Manston and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively quick way of improving the look of your property, by getting rid of moss and more that has grown on your roof.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and void of any moss and debris is usually quite difficult for the majority of homeowners and can become a issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof look new again?
Why should I do it?
A really serious build-up of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth could well cause major issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, progressively widening them throughout time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and when it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic decision and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise charming house. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is not unusual however it isn’t nice 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 years of watching your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to recommend what the best possible solution is here.
Can I just do this alone?
The biggest reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any sort of fall can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, lots of people would expect having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why ideally a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may get rid of moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more trouble further down the road with many tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break fragile tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but may also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, claim that it is easy money and that it doesn’t need any skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a level of skill and attention that we can provide. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill 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 are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to clear away moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising 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 killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will supervise your roof attentively before beginning any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. We can then begin to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time progresses.
Here are some of the local towns and villages we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent including all surrounding towns including:
A few things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or damage to your home by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill in the quote form or ring us for your free quote, and leave it to us.