Roof Cleaning Peckham Bush offers a full roof cleaning service for private and commercial properties in Peckham Bush and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned can be a relatively simple way of improving the appearance of your home, by getting rid of dirt, moss, lichen and anything else that has built up on your roof.
As a roof ages and get more porous, they are often invaded by moss and debris. Maintaining a roof that is clean and void of any moss and dirt is usually quite difficult for the majority of homeowners and may become a continual cause for annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof look brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
Large amounts of accumulation of moss and algae on roof tiles and other organic growth may cause you big issues with the roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you neglect your roof, you’ll find these plants will quickly spread uncontrollably with their roots creeping their way into vulnerable spots in the roof tiles, gradually widening them over time until cracks become visible. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll work 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 destruction to the rafters and joists. Lastly 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 penetrates and damages your fascia boards. Really then, getting the roof cleaned is a required job for a number of reasons.
For many though wanting a clean roof is solely an aesthetic decision and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unsightly because of organic growths like lichen and moss, and this is when a roof cleaning company is needed. Roofs are also frequently discoloured and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the familiar appearance of your otherwise beautiful dwelling. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t nice 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 months and years of observing your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be great to see it looking like brand new once more?
The next question is, “Is this a simple DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to suggest what the best possible solution is here.
Couldn’t I just do this alone?
The biggest reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is because it involves working at a height where most of us wouldn’t feel safe or comfortable. At these kinds of heights any kind of tumble can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, many would think getting your roof cleaned involves pressure washing but it doesn’t have to and let’s look at some reasons why ideally a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from the roof, but the intense jets of water may disturb 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 also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more problems in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing companies also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Power washing a roof is the least ideal option as this can often disturb or break delicate tiles from the pressure of the power washer but may also ruin your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy tradesmen who attempt this kind of work, claim that it is easy money or that it doesn’t take any skill. How wrong can they be A job like this requires a level of skill and care that we can assure. Using the appropriate roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that you are happy with without you having to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which are the best ways to clean my roof?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaned by a company that specialises in this area. One of the most gentle yet most effective ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping approach. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will effortlessly flake off any moss on your roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles from doing so.
Don’t forget – 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.
Another effective method is that of using chemicals. Utilising a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the overlaps of the tiles killing off any tiny moss spores, lichen and any other organic growth on the tiles. This roof cleaning process can take some time once the excess moss has initially been scraped away but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of bespoke chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for many years making this the best method.
How is it done?
We will investigate the roof carefully before beginning any work, to identify the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will look at what’s growing there and the best way to clear out the growth. Then we can start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the moss root system and killing the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued improvement as time passes.
Here are some of the local places we cover
We cover most of Kent and all local places including:
A few things to think about.
We’ve already hinted at some other things to consider that can affect having your roof cleaned. Now, consider just a few more.
- Size of house and the size of the roof.
- How much vegetation is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – e.g. with 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 insult to yourself or dis-repair to your house by attempting a DIY roof clean. Complete the free quote form or ring us for your quote, and leave it to the pros.