Roof Cleaning in Otford

Roof Cleaning Otford provides a professional roof cleaning service for home and commercial premises in Otford and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned can be a relatively quick improvement to make to the look of your property, by clearing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has accumulated on your roof.

As roofs become older and get more porous, many become invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Maintaining a roof that is clean and without moss and debris is often quite difficult for many homeowners and may become a constant source of annoyance.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?

Roof Cleaning in Otford

Why should I have it cleaned?

Dirty roof cleaning Otford

A really serious accumulation of dirt, moss on the tiles on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause major problems with the roof and the life-span of the tiles will in time be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread out of control with their roots creeping their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, steadily widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge securing as much water as they can. Once it finds its way through the cracks within your roof it may well cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Also 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. Really then, arranging to have your roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.

For a lot of people though getting their roof cleaned is solely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and then a roof cleaning company is vital. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by a prevalent bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning dwelling. By all means, this bacteria growth is not unusual nonetheless it isn’t nice 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 months and years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be lovely to see it looking as good as new like it used to?

The next question is, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.

Can I just clean it alone?

Roof Cleaning yourself in Otford

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

Additionally, a lot of people would assume roof cleaning requires pressure washing but it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof should not be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may get rid of moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may damage the tiles or other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it is highly likely that the moss will just grow back!

Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also cautioning people against this manner of cleaning roofs.
Pressure washing a roof is the least ideal option as this in many instances can disrupt or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but may also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.

Many dodgy tradesmen who do this kind of work, reckon it is easy money and that it does not require any skill. How true is that? A service like this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. 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 needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.

Which are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?

Roof Cleaning Otford

It is best to have your roof cleaned by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will easily flake off any moss on the roof and there won’t be any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.

Don’t forget – with this approach there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other methods such as pressure washing.

One more effective method is to use chemicals. Using a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off 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 after 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 several years making this method the most worthwhile.

How is it done?

We will inspect the roof carefully before commencing any work, to identify the best cleaning method to use depending on your roof. Then we will consider what’s growing there and the best approach to take to remove the growth. Next we can begin to work on cleansing the roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an immediate improvement and continued change as time passes.

Below are a few of the local towns and villages we cover

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

A few factors to consider.

We have already looked at some other elements that can affect having your roof cleaned. So, let’s also consider the following.

  • Size of dwelling and the size of its roof.
  • The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
  • The type of roof – e.g. with a thatched roof, no water is used.
  • Accessibility of 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 in the free quote form or call us for a free quote, and leave it to the pros.