Roof Cleaning Penshurst offers a roof cleaning service for residential and commercial properties in Penshurst and surrounding towns and villages in Kent. Having your roof cleaned is a relatively simple improvement to make to the look of your house, by removing moss, dirt and anything else that has built up up there.
As a roof ages and become more porous, they are gradually affected by moss and debris. Keeping the roof clean and without moss and dirt can be very difficult for many householders and becomes a major source of annoyance.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your roof looking like brand new again?
Why should I have it cleaned?
A large build-up of dirt, moss on roof tiles and other natural growth is likely to cause big problems with your roof and the life expectancy of the tiles will eventually be compromised too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will quickly grow uncontrollably with their roots finding their way into weaknesses in the roof tiles, gradually widening them throughout time until cracks appear. Like all living organisms they need water to thrive, and after it rains, they’ll behave 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 costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well discover moss that has come loose and fallen down the roof ending up in your gutter which in time can lead to overflowing rainwater from your gutter which damages and soaks into your fascia boards. In truth, arranging to have the roof cleaned is a necessary job for a number of reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is entirely an aesthetic choice and we don’t fault you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive due to organic growths like moss and lichen, and this is when a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also often tarnished and stained by an everyday bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the natural appearance of your otherwise stunning house. Of course, this bacteria growth is completely normal but after all it isn’t nice to look at and it can over time damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs cleaning can be night and day. After years of watching your roof get progressively dirtier wouldn’t it be brilliant to see it looking like brand new once more?
Next you might ask, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should try to do myself?” Let’s consider some evidence to propose what the best possible solution is here.
Should I just do this myself?
The most common reason why a lot of people don’t want to risk cleaning their own roof is since it usually means working at a height where many of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these kinds of heights any kind of slip can result in a very serious wound.
Additionally, a lot of people would think having your roof cleaned involves pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and let’s look at some reasons why in most circumstances a roof shouldn’t be pressure washed. Jet washing may remove moss from your roof, but the high powered jets of water may disturb the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding any loft spaces and there is a good chance that the moss will quickly grow back!
High pressure washing additionally affects the longevity of the tiles which could mean more issues in the future with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also advising against this manner of roof cleaning.
Pressure washing a roof is the least popular option as this could disrupt or break fragile tiles from the pressure of the jet washer but could also damage your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who carry out this kind of work, think it is easy money and that it does not need much skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a degree of skill and care that we can provide. Using proper roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and know-how we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself in unnecessary danger.
Which is the best way to have my roof cleaned?
It is recommended that you have your roof cleaning done by a specialised cleaning company. One of the kindest yet most beneficial ways to remove roof moss and clean your roof is by employing the scraping method. By using a 9″ scraper in dry conditions will efficiently remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – using this approach 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. Applying a fungicide/moss killer once the moss has been scraped off will absorb into the tile and most importantly into the gaps in the tiles targeting 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 removed but again the tiles remain intact and by adding an application of roof cleaning chemicals this will prevent the moss from returning for several years making this the best method.
What is the process?
We will inspect the roof carefully before beginning any work, to establish the best approach to take 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 start to work on purging your roof of organic colonising growths by getting right into the root system of the moss and destroying the spores. You’ll notice an instant improvement and continued change over time.
Below are a few of the towns and villages we cover
We can cover most of Kent including all surrounding towns including:
A few factors to think about.
We have already hinted at some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. So, let’s also consider the following.
- Size of dwelling and the size of the roof.
- The level of vegetation that is present on the roof.
- Type of roof – for example in the case of a thatched roof, no water is involved.
- How accessible is the roof?
- Height of the roof.
Keeping everything we have just mentioned in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to yourself or dis-repair to your house by trying to do your own roof cleaning. Fill out the quote form or give us a call for a quote, and leave it to us.