Roof Cleaning Marden provides a complete roof cleaning service for private and business premises in Marden and surrounding areas in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively speedy way to improve the appearance of your home, by getting rid of moss, dirt and anything else that has built up there.
As roofs become older and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and without moss is usually quite difficult for many householders and can become a continual issues.
Would it not be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause major problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be affected too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into weak spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to live, and once it has rained, they’ll work like a sponge holding as much water as they possibly can. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it may well cause serious and expensive damage to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, getting your roof cleaned is an important service for a number of reasons.
For many though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic preference and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is vital. Roofs are also periodically tarnished and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual but after all it isn’t nice 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 months and years of observing your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new again?
Next you might ask, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Should I do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is the fact that it usually means working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious injury.
Plus, a lot of people would think having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may dislodge the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also advising against this form of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this could 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 rogue tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it doesn’t require any skill. How true is 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 experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily flake off any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no flood risk, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.
One more effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off 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 prevent the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will supervise the roof carefully before commencing 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 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 some of the local places we cover
We cover the majority of Kent including all nearby places including:
A few factors to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. So, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious injury to you or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the free quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the pros.