Roof Cleaning Murston offer a professional roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Murston and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Roof cleaning is a quick and easy improvement to make to the look of your property, by getting rid of moss, lichen, dirt and anything else that has accumulated up there.
As a roof ages and get more porous, many become affected by moss, algae and dirt. Keeping the roof clean and void of any moss is often challenging for most householders and becomes a cause for problems.
Would it not be wonderful to have your roof look new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other organic growth is likely to cause you big problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you overlook your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weak spots 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 when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge securing as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it might well cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Also you could well find moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof into your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which saturates and damages your fascia’s. Really then, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a few reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a frequent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t pleasant to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that hasn’t been cleaned can be night and day. After years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking like brand new again?
The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Could I do this myself?
The most common reason why most people don’t clean their own roof is the fact that it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe and secure. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Plus, a lot of people would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. Jet washing may clear away moss from your roof, but the aggressive jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and it is highly likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Power washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with most tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many rogue tradespeople who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it does not require a lot of skill. Is there any truth in that? A job like this requires a level of skill and care that we can deliver. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the gentlest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently remove any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
As previously stated – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile and most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles destroying 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 scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will supervise your roof attentively before commencing any work, to determine the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. Then we can start to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are a few of the nearby towns and villages we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent and all nearby towns including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already looked at some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, look at the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is used.
- How accessible is the roof?
- How high is the roof?
Keeping the aforementioned points in mind, it is not worth risking serious damage to yourself or dis-repair to your dwelling by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to us.