Roof Cleaning in Northfleet

Roof Cleaning Northfleet offers a professional roof cleaning service for residential and business properties in Northfleet and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a simple improvement to make to the appearance of your home, by getting rid of moss and more that has grown on your roof.

As a roof ages and get more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss can be quite difficult for many homeowners and can become a major issues.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof look brand new again?

Roof Cleaning in Northfleet

Why have it cleaned?

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A large accumulation of moss, dirt on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause major problems 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 rapidly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over time until cracks emerge. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and once it has rained, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as they can. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly destruction to the rafters and joists. Finally you could well find moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, getting a roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.

For many people though wanting a clean roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we can’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise beautiful home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely natural but after all it isn’t attractive to look at and after a while it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of observing 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 suggest what the best possible solution is here.

Could I do this alone?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Northfleet

The biggest reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these heights any sort of tumble can result in a very serious injury.

Additionally, a lot of people would assume having your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why preferably a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding the loft space and there is a good chance that the moss will just grow back!

High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could result in more trouble in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also advising against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disturb or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.

Many cow-boy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, reckon 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 correct roof access equipment, the right tools and our experience and know-how we can deliver a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.

Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?

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It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the gentlest yet most effective ways to remove roof moss and clean the roof is by employing the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will efficiently flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

As previously stated – with this method the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.

One more effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been gently removed will absorb 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 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 with the added application of specific chemicals this will impede the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.

What is the process?

We will supervise the roof attentively before starting any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing 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 change as time progresses.

Below are some of the nearby places we cover

We can cover most of Kent and all local areas including:

A few things to consider.

We have already considered some other things to consider that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s also consider the following.

  • Size of house and the size of its 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 used.
  • 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 house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the quote form or call us for a quote, and leave it to the pros.