Roof Cleaning Orlestone provides a complete roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Orlestone and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Roof cleaning can be a relatively simple way of improving the look of your property, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has accumulated on your roof.
As roofs age and get more porous, they are gradually invaded by moss, algae and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss is usually quite difficult for many owners and becomes a continual source of issues.
Would it not be nice to have your roof looking like new again?
Why do it?
Large amounts of build-up of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth may cause you big problems with your roof and the life-span of the tiles will over time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will swiftly spread out of control with their roots working their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks become visible. Like all plants they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll work like a sponge holding 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. Also you could well discover moss that has dislodged and fallen down the roof finding itself in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In conclusion, getting a roof cleaned is an important service for many reasons.
For many though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we can’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is vital. Roofs are also often discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise beautiful house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t attractive to see and gradually it can damage your roof. The difference between a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get dirtier and dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking as good as new again?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to suggest what the best way to do this is.
Could I do this alone?
The most common reason why most people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any type of slip can lead to a very serious wound.
Also, lots of people would expect getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need 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 aggressive jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces 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 mean more problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also cautioning people against this form of cleaning roofs.
Power washing a roof is the least popular option as this can often disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many rogue tradesmen who attempt 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 attention 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 is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most effective ways to clear away roof moss and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will effortlessly remove any moss on your roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles .
Remember – using this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as high-powered pressure washing.
One more effective method is to use chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will permeate into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting 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 there is no damage to the surface of the tile and by adding an application of bespoke 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 starting any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to dislodge the growth. We can then begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement over time.
Below are a few of the nearby places we cover
We can cover most of Kent as well as all surrounding towns including:
A few things to consider.
We’ve already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning job. Now, look at the following.
- Size of house and the area of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is currently on the roof.
- 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 damage to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.