Roof Cleaning Margate offer a professional roof cleaning service for private and commercial premises in Margate and surrounding areas in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a simple way to improve the look of your property, by clearing moss, lichen, dirt and more that has accumulated up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and dirt is often very difficult for most owners and may become a continual cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why do it?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth may cause serious issues with your roof and the durability of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof into your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia boards. In conclusion, arranging to have a roof cleaned is an important job for many reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise charming home. Of course, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to see and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After years of seeing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking almost as good as new like it used to?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Could I just do this alone?
The biggest 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 safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with many tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disturb or break delicate tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but can also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it does not need much skill. How wrong can they be A service like this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our experience and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to clear away roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles targeting any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This procedure can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed 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 inspect your roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to remove the growth. We can then begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are some of the towns and villages we cover
We can cover most of Kent and all local towns including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is currently on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or damage to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.