Roof Cleaning Paddock Wood offers a complete roof cleaning service for home and business premises in Paddock Wood and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a speedy way to improve the appearance of your house, by removing dirt, moss, lichen and more that has built up up there.
As roofs age and get more porous, many become affected by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and free of moss and debris is usually challenging for the majority of homeowners and may become a major issues.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have your roof looking like new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of moss, dirt on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause big problems with the roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, steadily widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to survive, and after it rains, they’ll act like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. As it finds its way in the cracks into your roof it could cause serious and expensive deterioration to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has dislodged and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia’s. Really then, getting your roof cleaned is a required job for many reasons.
For many people though cleaning their roof is simply an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very dull due to organic growths like lichen and moss, and then a roof cleaning professional is necessary. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise stunning home. Without a doubt, this bacteria growth is completely normal nonetheless it isn’t pleasant to look at and it can over time damage your roof. The difference between 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 once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “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 way to do this is.
Can I clean it alone?
The most common reason why most people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is because it requires working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of fall can lead to a very serious injury.
Plus, many would expect getting your roof cleaned requires pressure washing however it doesn’t have to and here are some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. High pressure cleaning may clear away moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may dislodge the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will quickly grow back!
Jet washing additionally affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with most tile manufacturing companies also advising against this method of roof cleaning.
Jet washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often dislodge or break frail tiles due to the pressure of the power washer but could also ruin your roof when disturbing the tiles from walking on them.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who carry out this kind of work, reckon that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take any skill. Is there any truth in that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can deliver. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that pleases you without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
What are the best ways to have my roof cleaned?
It is best to have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to get rid of roof moss and clean the roof is by using the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on the roof leaving no scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – using this method there is no damage to the tiles and there is no risk of flooding, unlike other manners of roof cleaning such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is to use chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will soak into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of 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 scraped away but again the tiles are unharmed and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will hinder the moss from growing back for many years making this the most worthwhile method.
How is it done?
We will inspect the roof carefully before commencing any work, to establish the best course of action depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Next we can start to work on cleansing your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change as time passes.
Here are some of the nearby places we cover
We can cover the majority of Kent and all nearby places including:
A few things to consider.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of dwelling and the area of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- The type of roof – e.g. in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, don’t risk serious injury to you or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the free quote form or call us for your quote, and leave it to us.