Roof Cleaning Platt offers a full roof cleaning service for private and business properties in Platt and surrounding villages/towns in Kent. Getting your roof cleaned is a speedy way of improving the look of your property, by removing moss and anything else that has grown up there.
As roofs age and become more porous, they are often invaded by algae, moss and dirt. Keeping your roof clean and without moss may be challenging for many homeowners and becomes a constant issues.
Wouldn’t it be great to have your roof look new again?
Why have it cleaned?
A large accumulation of moss and algae on your roof and other organic growth is likely to cause you serious problems with your roof and the durability of the tiles will in time be affected too. If you ignore your roof, you’ll find these organic growths will swiftly grow uncontrollably with their roots working their way into vulnerable spots in the tiles of the roof, gradually widening them over the course of time until cracks appear. Like all plants they need water to survive, and when it rains, they’ll behave like a sponge retaining as much water as possible. Once it finds its way in the cracks within your roof it could cause serious and costly damage to the rafters and joists. Lastly you could well become aware of moss that has come loose and rolled down the roof ending up in your gutter which can result in overflowing rainwater from your gutter which penetrates and damages your fascia’s. In truth, arranging to have the roof cleaned is an important service for a few reasons.
For a lot of people though cleaning their roof is purely an aesthetic choice and we don’t blame you for that! Roofs can become very unattractive because of organic growths like moss and lichen, and at that point a roof cleaning service is needed. Roofs are also periodically discoloured and stained by a common place bacterium called gloeocapsa magma affecting the general appearance of your otherwise stunning house. By all means, this bacteria growth is completely natural however it isn’t nice to see and gradually it can damage your roof. Comparing a clean roof and one that needs a clean can be night and day. After months and years of seeing your roof get more and more dirty wouldn’t it be great to see it looking almost as good as new once more?
Maybe you’re wondering, “Is this a straightforward DIY job that I should attempt to do myself?” Let’s look at some evidence to propose what the best way to do this is.
Could I just clean it myself?
The biggest reason why a lot of people haven’t attempted to clean their own roof is the fact that it involves working at a height where a lot of us wouldn’t feel comfortable or safe. At these heights any type of tumble can lead to a very serious injury.
Additionally, a lot of people would expect roof cleaning requires pressure washing however it doesn’t need to and here are some reasons why preferably a roof should not be pressure washed. Pressure washing may remove moss from the roof, but the high powered jets of water may damage the tiles and other roof fittings, risk flooding a loft and it’s more than likely that the moss will simply grow back!
Power washing also affects the lifespan of the tiles which could mean more issues further down the road with the majority of tile manufacturing businesses also warning people against this manner of roof cleaning.
Power washing your roof is the least ideal option as this can often disrupt or break weak tiles due to the pressure of the jet washer but could also harm your roof when walking on the tiles and disrupting the tiles.
Many cow-boy companies who attempt this kind of work, claim it is easy money and that it does not require much skill. How true is that? A job such as this requires a degree of experience and skill that we can provide. Using the correct roof access equipment, the best tools and our skill and understanding we can provide for you a roof cleaning service that is worthwhile without you needing to put yourself at needless risk.
Which is the best way 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 beneficial ways to remove moss on your roof and clean your roof is by using the scraping method. Using a 9″ scraper on a dry day will easily remove any moss on the roof without leaving any scratch marks on the tiles .
Don’t forget – with this approach the tiles are not damaged and there is no flood risk, unlike other roof cleaning methods such as pressure washing.
Another effective method is the use of chemicals. Applying a fungicide/moss killer after the moss has been gently removed will absorb into the tile but most importantly into the gaps in the tiles killing off any lichen, tiny moss spores and any other organic growth on the tiles. This step can take some time once the excess moss has initially been removed but again the tiles remain intact and with the added application of specific chemicals this will stop the moss from returning for several years making this the most worthwhile method.
What is the process?
We will investigate the roof carefully before starting any work, to establish the best approach to take depending on your roof. Then we will assess what’s growing there and the how best to clear out the growth. We can then begin to work on purging the roof of organic colonising growths by getting deep into the root system of the moss and eliminating the spores. You’ll notice an improvement straight away and continued change as time progresses.
Here are some of the nearby places we cover
We cover the majority of Kent as well as all surrounding towns including:
A few factors to think about.
We’ve already considered some other factors that can affect a roof cleaning service. Now, let’s have a quick look at these.
- Size of house 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.
- Accessibility of the roof.
- Height of the roof.
Keeping all of the above in mind, it is not worth risking serious insult to you or dis-repair to your home by attempting a DIY roof clean. Fill in the quote form or call us for your free quote, and leave it to the professionals.