Roof Cleaning Milton Regis provides a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Milton Regis and surrounding areas in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a simple improvement to make to the look of your house, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually affected by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and dirt can be challenging for the majority of homeowners and may become a major cause for problems.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof looking like new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A really serious build-up of moss and algae on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause you big problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will eventually be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will rapidly grow out of control with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, progressively widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work like a sponge securing as much water as they can. As it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it might well cause serious and expensive destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia boards. In truth, getting your roof cleaned is a required service for a number of reasons.
For many people though wanting a clean roof 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 company is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely natural nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning 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?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a easy DIY job that I should have a go at doing myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Can I just do this alone?
The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may get rid of moss from the roof, but the aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could result in more issues further down the road with many tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing your roof is the least popular option as this in many instances can disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but may also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradespeople who do this kind of work, think it’s easy money and that it does not take much skill. How wrong can they be A job such as this requires a level of experience and skill that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the correct tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself at needless risk.
What is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most beneficial ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been scraped off will soak into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time after 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 stop the moss from returning for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will supervise the roof attentively before beginning any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the how best to dislodge the growth. Next we can start to work on eradicating your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement over time.
Below are some of the local places we cover
We cover the majority of Kent and all nearby places including:
Some factors to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling 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 involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- How high is the roof?
Keeping all of the above in mind, don’t risk serious injury to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the professionals.